County election results
Nov. 03--The Zionsville Community Schools funding referendum was approved by voters Tuesday with 67 percent in support with 6,259 ballots cast.
Republican Matt Gentry will be Lebanon's next mayor with 65 percent of the vote over Democratic opponent Michele Thomas. Gentry had that total when the early ballots were reported, and he never wavered. Independent candidate Peter Korman pulled 1 percent of the ballots.
Republicans Dan Fleming and Jeremy Lamar lead at large council race with 43 percent and 35 percent, respectively. Independent candidate Aaron Smith garnered 22 percent The results were virtually unchanged as more ballots were counted.
In Whitestown, Eric Miller defeated Council Dist. 3 opponent Jerad Strawmyer with 70 percent. In Dist. 4, Jeffrey Wishek took the seat beating Neil Sullivan with 65 percent. And Amanda Andrews will continue as Whitestown clerk/treasurer's race with 57 percent of the vote over opponent Matthew Sumner.
In Zionsville, an operating referendum for Zionsville Community Schools was approved with 67 percent of voters in favor.
Seven candidates for Thorntown at-large council seat (5 win) was extremely close with Larry Acton, Koren Gray, Don Johnson, Mark Garing and Mike Hight leading.
Voter turnout in Zionsville already was bigger than expected early on Election Day. Click here for election results.
The county clerk reports that 6,000 people in Boone County voted Tuesdasy, and another 3,200 voted early.
Poll Inspector Marianne Carr said the polling site at Zionsville Town Hall had a huge turnout, especially considering the Zionsville Community Schools referendum was the only item on residents' ballots.
Voters in the ZCS district will decide if a special property tax levy should be continued for six years. A current referendum expires at the end of the year. If it passes, the new referendum would continue a 24.4 cents per $100 of taxable value levy on property.
ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison and Chief Financial Officer Mike Shafer said at a June school board meeting that continuing the levy would allow the addition of 15 teaching positions. The extension would also allow the return of several programs, including health/physical education and college and career counseling at Zionsville Community High School.
At town hall, Carr said: "We've had a line out the door ever since we opened up. It's been awesome. I would have bet millions that we wouldn't have this turnout. I was here for early voting on Friday (Oct. 30), and it was the same thing."