Democrats look to fill openings on general election ballot

A Democrat who announced she was planning to drop out of the race for Bartholomew County Council at-large has officially withdrawn as a candidate.

Gabrielle “Gaby” Cheek told Bartholomew County Democrats that she had changed jobs and could not fulfill the obligations to campaign or serve as a county councilman, said Nancy Ann Brown, Democratic Party chairwoman.

Cheek’s announcement came too late to remove her name from the primary ballot, where she was unopposed for the Democratic nomination for at-large council.

Cheek, who has been a licensed practical nurse for 17 years, wrote on her campaign Facebook page that she received more than 900 votes even though she quit and thanked those who voted for her.

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Democrats are in the process of replacing Cheek on the ballot and have a couple of people that they consider to be good candidates, Brown said.

The decision on a replacement will be made soon by the current Democrats on the ballot and the Democratic Central Committee, she said.

Brown said the party is also seeking Democrats to be slated to run for Bartholomew County commissioner and Bartholomew County surveyor.

In her announcement that she would not be running, Cheek said she was grateful to everyone for their kind words during her attempt at politics.

“I am just not cut out to be a politician. I am too busy working and raising my wonderful family. Plus I just don’t have what it takes to make it in politics. I am sure I can serve my community better in other ways,” she wrote to her followers. “Of course I will be returning funds to my two contributors. Luckily we only spent 15 bucks.”

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.