Lowell voters choose to keep town
City status rejected by 6 to 1
margin; Schliessle easily retains board seat
By Kathie Godfrey
LOWELL - The town's city referendum was resoundingly trounced almost
six-to-one here while Tri-Creek School Board member Mark Schiessle
easily fended off challengers John Domka and Morris Livengood amid a
record voter turnout of more than 60 percent of registered voters.
South County Democratic Committee Chairman and Lowell
Town Councilman Joseph Mika, D-5th--one of three councilmen who opposed
the change to city government--said he was pleased with the referendum's
defeat as well as strong voter participation Tuesday.
"How can people vote for something when they
don't know what it will cost?" said Mika in explanation of the
2,002 to 462 tally against the referendum. "I think the small group
of people who supported city government have gotten their final
Councilman Ray Talarek, R-1st, was also glad that the
change to city government will not take place.
"I feel great," Talarek said when the final
tally was totaled "I think city government would give too much
control to one person. I've always been against it and I'll vote against
it again if it comes up."
Councilman Larry Just, R-4th, said he had been
quietly opposed to the change and was waiting to see what residents
wanted to do.
"I couldn't see any real benefit to it,"
Just said. "People want the personal attention they receive with a
town council. A mayor would be removed from the people."
But Town Council President Bob Hatch, R-2nd, who said
he regretted that he had not more actively campaigned on behalf of the
referendum, said city government would be more efficient than council
government and that issues that require immediate attention would be
better addressed by a full-time mayor.
"I was disappointed at the misinformation and
false statements expressed as fact by people who wanted to defeat the
measure," he said. Hatch said the opposition had employed scare
tactics--such as claims that city government would result in a doubling
of property taxes and a hike in residential water bills--that were
Kuzman going to Indy for third term
Incumbent declares victory after going up 1,400-plus votes in Lake
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - Democratic State Rep. Robert Kuzman waited and
waited for Porter County vote totals Tuesday night at the Hall of
Justice, but finally decided to declare victory over Ron Johnson just
after 9 p.m.
Kuzman, according to Democratic calculations, was up
more than 1,400 votes at that point. Having won Porter County the last
two elections, he felt confident to declare victory to the approximately
100 boisterous supporters gathered in the Main Street ballroom and
Kuzman attributed his win to a positive
"In the last three elections we've been very
successful staying on point and running a positive campaign," he
Kuzman thanked his family and political
"fathers" Mayor James Metros and John Mullins.
Kuzman won in the city of Crown Point by 4,376 to
3,507. That was followed up by victories in Winfield, Merrillville, and
Johnson showed strongly in unincorporated
Metros said Kuzman overcame a negative campaign to