Bookwalter defeats Perry

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Sheriff Steve Fenwick, left, and Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter both retained their offices in Tuesday's election.

GREENCASTLE -- Tim Bookwalter defeated Robert Perry in the election for Putnam County Prosecutor Tuesday.

Bookwalter, the current prosecutor, was ahead in every district in the race. He eventually won 6,498-2,912, with 70 percent of the votes.

"I'm happy," Bookwalter said. "We try to do a good job, and I think the community spoke."

This will be Bookwalter's second full term as prosecutor. He served half of Mathew Headley's term, after Headley was elected as a circuit court judge. Bookwalter was then elected to a full term in 2006.

Perry said that he knew the race would be difficult from the beginning.

"We knew it was a long shot but it was a good experience and I'm glad I did it," Perry said.

Both candidates acknowledged that Bookwalter had an advantage in money spent on the election, though Perry estimated it at four-or-five-to-one, while Bookwalter was more conservative about the gap.

"We probably outspent him two to one," Bookwalter said.

Perry said he was happy that the votes he did get didn't play on party recognition.

"I'm gratified by the idea that nobody was voting for me because I was a Republican or Democrat," he said. "If they voted for me, they voted for me because they thought I ought to be a prosecutor.

Perry said that the strength of the Republican Party in this election was a factor in the outcome.

"It was such a Republican year and Tim's pretty well known," Perry said. "If people want Tim to be prosecutor then they want Tim to be prosecutor."

Bookwalter agreed that the strength of the Republican Party played a role in the outcome. He also discussed the role name recognition played in the election.

"In this community I don't think it's money, it's that they get to know you," Bookwalter said. "I think I probably had that ability over Bob, that people knew me better. You look at the numbers in Jefferson and Marion South and Warren, that's where I live, that's where my kids all went to school, and that counts in a small community."

Bookwalter said that he thought methamphetamine played a large role in how people perceived the race.

"I think the community were behind the meth issue, and I think meth was the big issue these last four years," Bookwalter said.

He also said that meth would be one of his focuses moving forward.

"There's a new meth that's called blue meth that we're really going to attack," Bookwalter said. "Meth is back on the rise and we've got to work on it."

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  • Bookwalter said he had all dead beat dads listed on front page when he was elected the first time. My ex was never listed. He is now about $40,000 behind! What has he done for me!

    -- Posted by cat65 on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 8:51 PM
  • I just found out through the paper that a Class C Felony was charged against my ex the week of Oct 21. Are they going to extradicte him from Texas? They haven't so far when he gets behind!

    -- Posted by cat65 on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 9:11 PM
  • @ cat65- my mom died in April of a xanax overdose at the home of the woman who had a prescription for them and gave them to my mom. My mom did not have a prescription for them and this woman checked on my mom 3 times and told me she was struggling to breathe and gurgling. She did nothing about it and the fourth time she checked on my mom, she was dead. I met with Mr. Bookwalter 4 months ago and he told me he was going to have his investigator investigate the case about bringing charges up on this woman. He said he would contact me and 4 months later I have still heard nothing and none of my calls will be returned. So now my 47 year old mom is gone, I'm 28 with no mom and my son is 3 with no nana and I have received no form of closure. Mr. Bookwalter and the detectives in this county aren't willing to do anything to get justice for my mom. Had she been a high society member of this county, that woman would already be in prison. So, I completely understand where you are coming from. If you don't know the right people, it's nearly impossible to get fair justice in this county!!!

    -- Posted by ruserious27 on Thu, Nov 4, 2010, at 5:47 AM
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