Cindy Sanders

Kokomo Common Councilwoman Cindy Sanders

Political newcomer Greg Jones felt empowered Tuesday following the results of Tuesday’s primary election, which he expects to carry over into November.

Jones, a 16-year Air Force veteran and former correctional officer, defeated opponent Darrell Karnes by a vote total of 241 to 148. Jones will now challenge incumbent District 4 Common Council member Donnie Haworth, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

“For me, this proves that Kokomo has accepted me as one of their own, and they are telling me they think I can do this,” Jones said. “Kokomo belongs to the people, and I will be sure that people know what I stand for.”

Challenging Haworth – a candidate expected to garner more community-wide support than Karnes – isn't intimidating for Jones, who called his chances at victory a “50 to 50” proposition.

“I will be banging on doors and letting people know what I stand for,” Jones said. “I am not the least bit nervous about what is in front of me. I will continue to work hard.”

District 5

As a familiar face on the Kokomo Common Council, Cindy Sanders experienced the widest margin of victory in Tuesday’s primary election – a result she credits to the relationships she fosters with her district.

Sanders, in the first race announced as completed at the Howard County Republican Headquarters, defeated challenger Jason Skaggs by 313 to 133. And, without a Democratic challenger in the November election, Sanders has already retained her seat on the city’s council.

“I am just really thankful for the opportunity, and I think it is a privilege to have the confidence of the people,” Sanders said, who cited recent sewage issues at Ivy Hills as her newest focus. “I can now have the opportunity to help work on repaving roads equitably, and I can continue to listen to the call of the concerns of my community.”

While Sanders’ victory came as no surprise to the area Republicans in attendance at the event, the discrepancy in vote total seemed to shock a few who had followed the race, a development Sanders said she wasn’t expecting.

“I can’t say too much about the voting, but I think people are concerned about livability and especially about family values,” she said. “I have focused on fiscal conservancy, and I think people in my district are worried about that. People need to be involved and every voice needs to be heard.”

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gpmyerskt.

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George Myers covers city and county government. He joined the Kokomo Tribune on November 18, 2014.

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