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Brown County sweep


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NASHVILLE, Ind. — The Brown County Board of Commissioners has gone from a Democratic majority to a Republican sweep.

Two Republicans replaced Democrats Mary Fouch and Darrell Kent, who didn’t seek re-election in 2012.

Joe Wray and Dave Anderson will join board President John Kennard in January.

Wray is completing his second term as county treasurer. Anderson is a former Brown County sheriff.

Republicans also succeeded in winning at least two County Council at-large seats. Current board President David Critser retained the seat he’s had for more than 15 years. Jerry Pittman, who was appointed to a vacancy on the board in January 2011, won his first full term.

The third seat was too close to call as of press time, with incumbent Democrat David Rudd trailing Republican challenger Diana McDonald Biddle by less than 100 votes in the field of nine candidates.

One current school board member, Teresa Waltman, was replaced. Steve Miller Jr., an employee of Toyota Handling USA in Columbus, defeated three other candidates. Miller won a seat on the board on which his father used to serve.

Stephanie Porter Kritzer, owner of Kritzer’s Feed Store in Gnaw Bone, won the other open school board seat over former Brown County Schools Transportation Director Doug Cauble.

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