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November 6, 2012

Republicans keep control of county

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"I've always enjoyed politics," Brown said of his decision to seek public office. "I've always wanted to be involved to make a positive difference. This was a good way for me to start. The council seems like a good fit for me."

He hopes to offer a young, fresh perspective to the council.

"Our county's fortunate to be in a good situation, but things can always be looked at from a different perspective, to make sure we haven't gotten complacent," Brown said.

He considers Hendricks County's main challenge to be keeping up with population growth. It's projected that Hendricks will add 40,000 to 50,000 residents by the next Census.

"A county that's well maintained will continue to grow and succeed," Brown said. "A county that isn't won't, which can cause people to leave and business to stagnant."

Whetstone also sees infrastructure and planning as a top priority.

"For me, it's a challenge of are we more visionary or are we managing by the seat of our pants and following the wave," he said. "Those are the things I'm anxious to talk to (current Commissioners) Bob (Gentry) and Phyllis (Palmer) about. I don't like to sit still."

Hendricks County GOP Chairman Mike O'Brien was pleased with what he saw at the precincts on Tuesday.

"They were packed all day," he said as party members gathered at the Prestwick Country Club Tuesday evening to watch election results.

Early numbers were showing 70 to 75 percent voter turnout in the county. That includes the more than 13,000 citizens who voted early. Two precincts in Plainfield still had people waiting in line to vote at 8:30 p.m. Other than long wait times, no other issues arose.

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