Warrick County Republican and Democratic candidates have been decided for the fall after Tuesday's primary.

Candidates for three of the county's four County Council districts and the District Two seat on the County Commissioners faced off in the primary election for the chance to be on the November ballot.

For the District Two Commissioner seat, political newcomer Terry Phillippe gained the opportunity to appear on the November ballot. Phillippe narrowly defeated Ted Metzger, who currently holds a seat on the Warrick County Council, 2,101 votes to 2,022.

Phillippe, who is also president of Boonville Now, will now face Democratic candidate Mark Warren in the general election this fall.

"I'm excited to get to the next level," Phillippe said. "And I want to thank everyone who supported me."

In the four County Council seats on the ballot this year, candidates Republican candidates in Districts One, Two and Three squared off for the opportunity to appear on the November ballot.

In District One, Cindy Ledbetter defeated incumbent Gary Meyer and challenger Ryan Flener and will appear on the ballot for the general election in November. A Democratic candidate has not been named to appear on the ballot to challenge Ledbetter in the fall.

In District Two, challenger Republican Rick Reid beat incumbent Paul Rudolph and challenger Mike Griffin for the chance to will appear on the ballot for the general election in November, and will face Democrat candidate Christopher Weyer.

In District Three, incumbent Greg Richmond beat challenger Kim Gibson for the opportunity to take on Democratic candidate Jenni Ransom in the general election in the fall.

In addition to the county offices contested in the primary, seats on the Tennyson Town Council and Chandler Town Council were also contested in the primary on Tuesday.

In Tennyson challenger Steve Bruce beat incumbent Keith Curtis and will take the Democrat slot on the November ballot for district two while incumbent Auburn Wade beat challenger Kenny Adams will take the Democrat slot on the November ballot for district three. There is no Republican candidate for the

district two spot, but Wade will face Republican candidate Angi Hunt for the district three spot in the general election in the fall.

In Chandler, Democrat incumbent Andrea Johnson beat challenger Nicholas Messer and will appear on the November ballot in district two while Republican incumbent Ron Whitledge beat challenger Brian Hinkle will take the spot on the November ballot for district four. While no Democrat candidate has been filed for district four to challenge Whitledge, Johnson will face Republican candidate Kim Burnett in the fall for the district two seat.

In Lynnville, Lauri Stockus won the Democrat slot on the November ballot over Seth Yates for Lynnville Clerk-Treasurer.

In the national race, Mike Braun also beat Luke Messer and Todd Rokita in the Republican primary for the US Senator position and will face Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly on the ballot in the fall.

In the state race, incumbent Larry Buchon beat Rachel Covington and Richard Moss for the US Rep District 8 seat and will face democrat William Tanoos in the fall.

This year a total of 6,413 out of 44,460 Warrick County residents registered to vote participated in Tuesday's primary for a 14.42 percent turnout for the election. 732 of those votes were absentee ballots while 5,681 voted on the new electronic poll books the county purchased this year.

Warrick County Clerk Patty Perry said the low turnout is common in a primary election on a non-presidential year. She said most voters didn't seem deterred with new polling places, but the new e-poll books gave a better ease to the process.

"It helped expedite voters to voting machines," she said.

The general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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