Decatur County’s three candidates for County Council at large were deflated in defeat Tuesday night, but decidedly gracious and congratulatory to their Republican counterparts.
All three candidates, who ran for the first time, gathered with fellow Democrats at Greensburg’s McCamment’s Cattlemen’s Inn Restaurant & Lounge to listen to and watch election-night results.
“People tend to vote for their party, and Decatur County is mostly Republican,” said Michael McCoy. “It’s pretty tough to get elected as a Democrat. I knew it was an uphill battle from the start, but I’d like to thank my supporters and the people who believed in my campaign and everyone who went out and helped me knock on doors. It just didn’t happen for us this time. I offer congratulations to all the winners; Decatur County is in good hands.”
McCoy refused to speculate regarding whether he’d run again, saying it was too soon, the defeat too recent, to consider another run.
Kenneth Stagge also congratulated his Republican counterparts. “We gave it a good shot, but it’s just tough in this county. Plus, the Republican side was a good as they’ve ever had.”
Stagge is a current, three-term member of the Clay Township Advisory Board. Asked if he’d consider another run, Stagge replied, “It’s just to soon to answer that question. There’s no way of knowing what the future will bring, but I won’t rule it out.”
Rick Kramer congratulated Republicans for running a “good, clean race.”
“I want to congratulate all the winners,” he added, “and thank all my supporters for coming out. It’s tough to lose, but, regardless of the winners, it’s great to see all the voter turnout. It’s a great reminder, seeing all these people come out to vote, that our Democracy is still vital and working well. It makes me proud to live in America.”
Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.