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Putnam County Results

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

All 29 of Putnam County's precincts had reported by 8:30 p.m. Here are the results:

* President -- John McCain with 55.11 percent of the vote.

* Governor -- Mitch Daniels with 65.64 percent of the vote.

* Attorney General -- Greg Zoeller with 57.78 percent of the vote.

* Superintendent of Public Instruction -- Tony Bennett with 58.25 percent of the vote.

* Rep. District 8 -- Brad Ellsworth with 51.65 percent of the vote.

* State Senator Dist. 24 -- Connie Lawson, unopposed.

* State Senator Dist. 37 -- Richard Bray with 64.95 percent of the vote.

* Rep. District 44 -- Nancy Michael with 50.14 percent of the vote.

* Superior Court Judge -- Denny Bridges with 59.61 percent of the vote.

* Auditor -- Stephanie Summitt-Campbell, unopposed.

* County Treasurer -- Sharon Owens with 56.42 percent of the vote.

* County Coroner -- Thomas B. Miller, unopposed.

* County Commissioner, Dist. 1 -- Gene Beck with 52.59 percent of the vote.

* County Commissioner, Dist. 3 -- Kristina Warren with 53.19 percent of the vote.

County Council At-Large -- Nancy Fogle with 23.93 percent of the vote, Opal Sutherlin with 22.77 percent of the vote and Larry L. Parker with 19.98 percent.

* Cloverdale School Board, Cloverdale Township -- Donna Fidler with 23.97 percent of the vote, Linda Mann with 23.05 percent of the vote and David Brinkman with 20.56 percent of the vote.

* Cloverdale School Board, Jackson Township -- Barbara Nees, unopposed.

* South Putnam School Board At-Large -- Nancy Wells, unopposed.

* South Putnam School Board, Marion Township -- Steven E. Cash with 50.67 percent of the vote.

* North Putnam School Board At-Large -- Mark Hoke with 51.34 percent of the vote.

* North Putnam School Board, Franklin Township -- Debra K. Sillery, unopposed.

* North Putnam School Board, Monroe Township -- Charles Boller, unopposed.

* North Putnam School Board, Russell Township -- Dale McGaughey, unopposed.

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Cloverdale Schools and its students sure deserve better leadership than it has had. It's a shame voters in this area don't do their homework better and select new faces/voices to lead that school corp.If you have been to a Board meeting and witnessed the indecisive decision making,the "just going thru the motions",ect,you know what I mean. During votes,they look at each other,waiting to see how they vote w/o being prepared enough to stand on a choice of their own w/conviction.One person is usually half asleep.They keep a Supt. that should have been gone long ago.All of my kids have moved on,but unfortunately Grandchildren will attend Cloverdale unless they move as many are doing.

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 5:50 AM

To npintrouble--

This is certainly a case of not knowing the truth and trying to belittle someone publicly. If you knew Mark Hoke personally you would know that none of what you have written is anything close to the truth! I do know Mark personally so please allow me to tell you what is TRUE! Mark never failed any teaching exam and does have a B.A. in Elementary Education. He just chose to pursue a different career path....as many do after they finish college. Just because he isn't a teacher does not mean that he does not have the best interest of the children and school corporation at heart. Do most people serving on a school board have any experience with teaching or an educational background prior to being elected? Think about it---

And as far as the child you referred to, he was a foster son that Mark took very good care of until he was adopted by a family. And as I said, if you knew Mark well enough, you would know how much he cared about this child and was happy to see him placed with a loving family. I truly pray that you will re-consider your words and stop spreading unfair lies about people! We are proud of you, Mark, and know that you will do a fabulous job on the NP school board!

-- Posted by John3:16 on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 7:50 AM

Isn't it interesting that you don't see any Greencastle Community School Corporation school board seats results? Oh, that's right. We appoint GCSC School Board Members instead of giving the parents and public a voice. I wish, just once, we would get a superintendent that would stand up to this issue and change the system... because it's broken. It's a popularity contest 90% of the time. Wake up GCSC!

-- Posted by MsBehaving on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:32 AM

First of all I would like to say congrats to Mark Hoke, but personally I wish you had run against the one on the monroe twsp. ticket. His seat is usually empty at the board meetings anyway, so that would have been a much better choice. I was very sick to see him on the campaign trail (against Mr. Fordice) when I went to vote in Floyd twsp. That just shows what a supporting board we have. And remember, you still have 14 months to sit there and look Mr. Fordice in the eye. Hmmm that's going to be a productive meeting!! It was also sad to see the 3 that ran unopposed, because we do need some new leadership on the board, just not the one that was voted out. I understand how the resident in Cloverdale feels, because we have the same issue at North Putnam. The "Educational Leader of the Community" as he himself states it, needs to Castaway into retirement. You can't even ask a question at a school board meeting without him looking at you with disgust written all over his face. I think with his experience in escorting the Football coach off the field Friday night, he might land a slot on the Secret service team for some newly elected officials.

-- Posted by castaway911 on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 10:11 AM

North Putnam needed some change! I don't think it is a good thing for a school board member to be on the board for a lengthy time. Need new blood. Glad to see it happened!

-- Posted by bbridgeresident on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 11:39 AM

SO you think there needed to be a change. Well, the change will be that at many meetings there will be 2 empty seats instead of one. Also, I believe there will be another yes man added to the table. Change just for the sake of change is the worst reason there is. Too bad a lot of voters didn't even take the time to vote for the school board. You were there and voted for Pres. etc. but missed a very important race in our county. At least we don't have to put up with the duo for another 14 months. Thanks to MF for all your years of dedicated work and not missing meetings. Best of luck in whatever comes your way. It will be way better anyway.

-- Posted by teach4ever on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 3:40 PM

I know that Mark Hoke is not a "yes man" by any stretch of the imagination. Mark actually takes the time to "think before speaking" unlike many people do. I am sure that he will be at every meeting unless it interferes with a family activity or his sons's activities. If I know one thing for certain, he is very devoted to his kids, his family, and his church. Mark will bring this same level of devotion to the North Put School Corp. as well!

-- Posted by infiremanemt on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 6:35 PM

Mark Hoke is a great man. He is more diplomatic than anyone I have ever met. He listens and thinks before speaking which is more than I can say for his opponent. Mark actually cares about the school district. He has several nieces and nephews and 2 children of his own in the district. He is involved with the scholarship program, very active in his church and loves his family. I have never heard him say one bad thing about anyone. That's just not him.

I don't think Charlie was necessarily "against" Mr. Fordice, but just supporting his lifelong friend. He is another memeber that you see alot who really cares about todays children.

You are right we do need a change and it has started with one! The people have spoken, Mr. Hoke has won.

-- Posted by npcougars on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 10:09 PM

Congrats Mark Hoke.

You are a great leader for the community & I know you will do your best with NP.

As for the people who have nothing else better to do then put down a very respectable man...LETS GROW UP!!!

The only problem that you have is realizing that a Fordice actually lost at something...

& its about time!

Maybe this means that North Putnam is finally done with the last name game...

Im very THANKFUL that we have a new leader to look forward too.

& as for the Vice President of the school board Charlie Boller... GOOD JOB. And you do have your right to an oppinion just like everyone else if you were out campaigning for a Fordice would this really be going on....NO IT WOULDNT. Just Face it Mr. Fordice...YOU CAN NOW PUT LOSING IN YOUR VOCAULARY!!!

Again...CONGRATS MARK. You will do wonderful things for North Putnam. And EVERYONE Knows it...

The people spoke & YOU WON!!!!!

-- Posted by LetsGrowUp on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 10:15 AM


You talk of others needing to grow up and quit putting people down then how about you do the same. Sounds like in the tone of your voice you have been jealous of the Fordice's for some time now acting as if this is the first time we have lost something. There is no need to be attacking my family as if we have done something wrong. Nothing on here was written by us, so please leave my dad alone.

I am not here to belittle anyone or to put anyone down, but I will say this.

The North Putnam Community has lost a great leader, a man who truly cares about the kids, faculty, school, and the community. My dad is one of the only members of the board who frequently attends all events and also visits the four schools regularly to get involved and to know what is going on. He will have been involved for 16 years and has definitely made a positive impact on getting the North Putnam School district headed in the right direction. I am proud of what my dad has been able to accomplish and am proud to call him my dad. I can assure you his voice will be missed.

-- Posted by LeeFordice on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 2:22 PM

Grow Up,

Looks to me like you need to take your own advice, or were you just having a bipolar moment. You have a very bitter heart Grow Up and I think you need to seek counseling. Just my own opinion....everyone has a right to one...correct?? The Fordice's are great people not only in our school system, but around our county. Athletes, 4-Hers, friends, family, farmers, & neighbors.

-- Posted by horsepower on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 10:34 AM

In order for someone to finally lose they have to have had someone running against them. This has not been the case. MF has never had an opponent for an election except for the 1st year he ran for the school board. Sounds like someone is a bit jealous. Take your advice and grow up.

-- Posted by teach4ever on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 5:19 PM

To LeeFordice - I do believe that your dad has done many good things for the NP Community School system but obviously his greatest accomplishment is raising a son who stands up for his family and does so respectfully. That should make him very proud.

I, personally, was shocked and amazed at how quickly a few people attacked my friend, Mark Hoke, with lies and half-truths. But then to see things swing to attacking both Charlie Boller and Mark Fordice - one would have thought that the two Marks were campaigning for President or something!

All things considered, that goes to show just how passionate the NP community is about having good schools and doing the things that put students first. Thank you to MF for giving of your time and efforts for the last 16 years. I do believe your son was right when he said you have made a positive impact on getting NP headed in the right direction.

It is now up to MH to come onto the school board and try to help take things further and make NP Schools even better! I believe the people have chosen a GREAT school board member. If you do not know MH, you will find out that he will always have the students' best interest at heart and do what he thinks is best for them, the employees, the corporation, and the tax-payers.

But everyone has to remember two things - a.) MF will still be on the board for the next 13.5 months because the position does not change until January 2010; and b.) the school board consists of 7 members, so not everyone can be held accountable for a group vote - they are only accountable for their own vote or opinion.

MH - you know you have the support of your friends, family, and the community.....we are looking forward to 2010!

-- Posted by infiremanemt on Sat, Nov 15, 2008, at 9:54 AM

To infiremanemt,

On a proper functioning board every member

of the board supports and is held accountable

for the decision made by the majority vote

of that board.

-- Posted by COUGAR PRIDE on Sun, Nov 23, 2008, at 6:53 AM

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