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.