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As of Jan, 1, 2012, the City of LaPorte will have a new leader: Blair Milo.
Milo, 28, a Republican and a U.S. Navy veteran, won the mayoral contest handily over Democratic incumbent Kathy Chroback in the Nov. 8, 2011, city election.
Milo is not the only young new leader in the region — in South Bend, the newly elected mayor is Democrat Pete Buttigieg, 29. In a youth movement, other Indiana cities and towns also elected leaders still shy of
their 30th birthdays.
Milo led from early on and never relinquished that lead as results came in Tuesday night. Even with just 13 of 45 precincts reporting, she had 61 percent of the vote. The final tally was Milo 2,285 votes, Chroback 1,444 votes.
The overall voter turnout in LaPorte was 28 percent.
“I’m really looking forward to moving LaPorte forward,” Milo said on WLOI/WCOE Radio after her victory. “We’re bringing new types of jobs and businesses to LaPorte.” She also made reference to her efforts, already under way, to collaborate with law enforcement, community resources and government to fight drug abuse in LaPorte.
Chroback holds the historic distinction of being LaPorte’s first female mayor. She was first elected in 2000, then lost to Republican Leigh Morris, then regained the mayor’s office over Morris in 2008. Now, after two unconsecutive terms as mayor (she previously served two terms on the city council), she will — at least for now — be out of local politics as of Jan. 1.
Chroback, 58, told WLOI/WCOE Tuesday night that she’s proud of LaPorte and what her administration has accomplished. “I feel the support in this community and I always felt it,” she said, adding that while she doubts she’ll run for office again, she doesn’t rule it out completely.
Here are results of other LaPorte races:
— Clerk-treasurer: Republican incumbent Teresa Ludlow defeated Democrat Renee Scherer, 2,476 votes to 1,285 votes.
— At Large city council: The two victors are Republican Cary Kirkham with 1,844 votes, and Democrat Joe Mrozinske with 1,790 votes. Losing candidates were Democratic incumbent A.C. Pressler and Republican Tim Stabosz.
— 1st Ward city council: Republican incumbent Dave Schmitt was unopposed.
— 2nd Ward city council: Democratic incumbent Sherry Hammons defeated Republican Gloria Thode, 380 to 330 votes.
— 3rd Ward city council: Republican Ron McAtee defeated Democrat Mike Conner, 485 to 320 votes.
— 4th Ward city council: Republican Roger Galloway defeated Democratic incumbent Andrea Renner, 488 to 314 votes.
— 5th Ward city council: Democratic incumbent Steve Luscomb defeated Republican Geoffrey Sellers, 429 to 387 votes.
For full election results for all of LaPorte County cities and towns, click on the following link: