Jay Phelps secured the Republican nomination for Bartholomew County Clerk in a race between two candidates with experience in the clerk’s office.
Phelps, who is a supervisor in the county’s voter registration and elections office, defeated Karen Aud, the chief deputy county clerk for the last six years.
Phelps, who captured 4,631 votes — just shy of 55 percent of the vote — said he was blessed and humbled by the amount of support he received. Aud received 3,797 votes.
“You never know how these things are going to turn out, and this is just unreal,” Phelps said. “I just want to continue to serve the public well.”
Phelps started working in the Voter Registration and Elections office three years ago.
Phelps said he wants to focus on preparing the county for the use of vote centers next year and would like to do more things digitally in the clerk’s office.
It was the first time either candidate had sought political office.
Bartholomew County Clerk Tami Hines is limited to two terms and was not eligible to seek re-election.
There were no Democratic candidates in the primary, so Phelps would be unopposed in the November general election unless an independent candidate files or a Democratic candidate is chosen by a party caucus.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Jay Phelps 4,631
Karen Aud 3,797