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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 9, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 67 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Wednesday Nov 50 cents The new Congress Scatsup toretecMon Won Tbtate 13 47 Rapobtlcans 12 21 53 Olhere 256 190 202 flaputiUctms 178 216 232 Others o 1 1 Indiana results Senate Sen Richard Lugar incumbent 5th District Congress Rep Steve Buyer incumbent 6th District Congress Rep Dan Burton Rlnd State Senator Dist 21 Steven Johnson RKokomo incumbent resentatiye District 30 Jon PadfteW R Superior Court 2 Judge Stephen Jesstip R Howard County Prosecutor James Fleming R Circuit Court Clerk Howard County Recorder Marilyn Shirley R Howard County Sheriff Jerry Howard County Assessor Ann Harrigan R Howard CountyCommisstoner District Jack Harbaugh R Howard County Council District 2 Dwlght Singer R Howard County Council District 4 Richard Miller R incumbent Upton County Prosecutor Vance Curtis R incumbent Upton County Auditor Jacqueline Clements R Upton County Clerk Upton County Treasurer Tipton Commissioner incumbent Tlpton County CoundJ Brian ftittdleton Br R Incumbent Tom Harper R Incumbent inside todays Tribune GOP swamps Dems A grand day for Grand Old Party By STEVE JACKSON and JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writers It was a good day to be a Repub lican From a virtual clean sweep of die county ballot to overwhelming gains by the GOP nationwide in the Senate and House Republicans turned in one of their best Election Day showings in decades Voter turnout was higher than normal with of Howard countys regis tered voters or percent taking part in Tuesdays election Kokomo Police Chief and sheriff candidate Lynn Rudolph was the only Howard County Republican with the exception of township races not to claim a victory Tues day losing by the narrowest of margins to sheriff deputy Jerry Man Howard County Democratic Chairman Bolinger said Mar ls victory which came by a 13 vote margin helped lend a bright note to an otherwise dismal night That takes the sting out of he said We feel like the Cincin nati the NFL team which went winless for eight weeks before winning its first game Sunday Bolinger pointed out that the wheel of politics is a round and promised his party will lick its wounds and bounce back John D Beatty the Democrat who lost decisively to Steve Buyer in the 5th District congressional race tried to rally a somber Democratic crowd at the partys Election Night headquarters at United Steelworkers of America Local 2958 I want you to know one thing Im proud Im a Democrat and those Democrats that are here tonight need to be thankful you are Democrats because we are the party that is Inclusive not exclu sive We need to continue the fight and not just hand it over to the Republican Please see Republicans Democratic Howard County Sheriff Jerry Marr gives a hug to his wife and sister after squeaking out a victory Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner High drama in sheriffs race Jerry Marr grabs a razorthin victory over Lynn Rudolph By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer Thirteen votes that was all that separated deputy sheriff Jerry Marr and Kokomo police chief Lynn Rudolph when 64 precincts worth of ballots were tallied late Tues day night The bakers dozen of votes left Democrat Marr with a stunning victory in the sheriffs race the only county congressional or General Assembly race Howard County Democrats managed to win In a race that seesawed in favor of each candidate throughout the night Marr pulled ahead as the final precinct totals were announced around The final count gave the 22year Howard County Sheriff Depart ment veteran votes to Rudolphs Marr said he fully expected to win a tight race with Rudolph although he didnt count on the result being as close as it was I feel that maybe we had a little better message that the people wanted to Marr said explaining what pushed him to his narrow victory And I think the fact that I had been there I knew the job I knew what had to be done firsthand I think all those were things that benefited Marr served as interim sheriff for several months when current Sheriff John D Beatty recuperated from injuries he suffered in the 1987 courthouse bombing Rudolph wasnt ready to con cede defeat shortly after final results were announced saving he will request a recount of Tues days votes With the number of volunteers Ive had and the time and the effort weve put into it I dont think I could look the volunteers in the and not say Hey lef s check this Both Marr and county Democra tic Parry Chairman Bolinger credited their own volunteer forces for pushing Marr to victory I just had the best helpers that anybody could ever ask for peo ple that worked tirelessly for Marr said All I had to do was the easy job shake hands and talk to Bolinger said winning the sher iff race was a major boost for the party because it offset an other wise dismal night of acrossthe board losses and because it was the race the Democrat Party tar geted as the one it most wanted to win Yes we did pull one win out the most important one and the one we worked the hardest Bolinger said Which is really an accomplish ment since every other Democrat in the country seemed to Marr and Bolinger both said they were optimistic heading into a recount Bolinger said recounts typically end up confirming the election night results Padfield rides GOP wave to soak Howard By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer Political newcomer Jon Padfield rode the Republican tide that swept Howard County and the nation to an upset victory over state Rep Earle Howard While a Republican victory cer tainly wasnt surprising Tuesday night the GOP won every con tested Howard County seat save one Padfields was perhaps the most startling as he won a con vincing victory against a popular incumbent Padfield finished with 54 per cent of the vote Howard a Democrat who was elected to the Indiana General Assemblys 30th District in 1986 gathered 46 percent I really thought we were going to do Padfield said when his victory for a Statehouse post became apparent I did expect it to be pretty close I thought it was probably going to be one of those 200 300 vote Howard said he was caught somewhat offguard by his defeat Id say Im he said Other than that Ill never ques tion the voters Theyve been very good to Earle Padfield who ran against Howard in 1992 as a Libertarian credited his victory to an appeal ing message of lower taxes and increased toughness on crime as well as the support of traditional conservative groups I believe my views are very well accepted by a lot of he said The endorsements from the Right to Life Political Action Committee a number of people from the homeschooling move ment got behind me those are vast networks I believe those organizations helped out quite a Padfield a 28yearold Delco Electronics engineer acknowl edged that the overall good show ing by Republicans in the county helped him out as well There was definitely a coattail he said That might account for the Howard who has historically waged lowkey campaigns that concentrate on his legislative accomplishments said that despite his loss he would not have conducted his campaign any differently If I could not win on my merits and what Ive done then I dont deserve to he said Howard who served as Howard County sheriff and on the Kokomo Police Department before being elected to the Indiana General Assembly said he expects to retire from politics following his defeat City resident pulled from southside blaze Building sustains heavy damage Firefighters battie blaze at 404 S Union in which Roland Brown 63 was injured Tribune photo by Tim Bath By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer A 63yearold Kokomo man was pulled from a burning twostory house by firefighters early this morning on the citys southside The cause of the fire has not been determined and it remains under investigation according to Battalion Chief Patrick ONeill Roland Brown 63 suffered pos sible smoke inhalation and was rushed to St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis Hospital personnel there said he was in the hospitals intensive care unit this morning and his condition was not avail able Three engine units one ladder and one snorkel unit along with paramedics from the Kokomo Fire Department were dispatched to the blaze at 404 S Union St at ONeill said Upon arrival firefighters were told there were three people trapped in the burning building Firefighters Steve Campbell and Dan Sargent entered the building in search for the trapped people They found Brown in his bedroom and pulled him from the building ONeill said Browns roommate was the only other person in the building at the time of the fire and escaped unharmed Brown was initially treated at the scene by paramedics and was taken to St Joseph Hospital Health Center before being trans ported to Indianapolis ONeill said The house which contained three apartments was showing heavy fire downstairs which quickly spread to the second floor before being extinguished ONeiH said Firefighters contained the blaze to the south side of the building but the entire structure sustained heavy fire and smoke damage he said No value was set on the loss Firefighters were still on the scene at 9 ;