Post election GOP lunch

Right, Steve McMichael, mayor-elect of New Haven, shares the microphone with Allen County GOP Chairman Steve Shine on Nov. 6 at Republican Party headquarters for a post-election event.

Having just lost the mayor’s race and two seats on City Council, Allen County Republicans were pragmatic at their traditional coney dog luncheon at headquarters the day after the Nov. 5 election.

“It was a tough night last night,” said Russ Jehl, R-2nd, who was unopposed.

Not only did the Republicans lose the mayoral race, giving Mayor Tom Henry a fourth consecutive term, they lost two seats on City Council. But the GOP will still hold a 5-4 majority on council come Jan. 1.

County party Chairman Steve Shine told Jason Arp, R-4th, “I’m so proud of you. It was a well-oiled campaign against you.” Arp narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Patti Hays with 51.3% of the vote compared to her 48.7%.

Arp told the group to think about the fact that “$100,000 was spent to get rid of me.”

Tom Didier, R-3rd, who was re-elected with 64.1% of the vote, said “I do what God has entitled me to do in this position.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, said, “Looks like last night was a disappointing night.” Then he looked ahead. “2020 is knocking on our door,” he said.

Congressional seats will be part of the May 5 primary voting. Dr. Chris Magiera of Warsaw has filed for the Republican primary for Banks’ seat.

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