Tipton County Republicans were in for a rude awakening Tuesday night.

They were already celebrating the victory of two close races, Tipton County Sheriff and Tipton County commissioner, when they learned their numbers were faulty.

As a result the Tipton County offices will see a change in direction now that Democrat Ken Ziegler has taken over the county commissioner’s seat for District 1.

Ziegler defeated Republican incumbent Dennis Henderson by 47 votes.

In a similar vein, Democratic candidate for sheriff, Frank Fritch beat Republican John Moses by 41 votes.

Ziegler is also the Tipton County Democratic Party Chairman.

He said Democrats would have a fighting chance in Tipton County because many people were upset with Republicans on the national level.

“They might just want a complete change,” Ziegler said.

Before Henderson learned that he lost the race he did have a few things to say for Ziegler.

“I’ve known Kenny my whole life and we live right down the road from each other. I knew he’d be very competitive.”

Now that he’s won the commissioners seat, Ziegler said, “The first thing we’re going to do is take these old ideas we’ve had in the past and get some motivation in the commissioner’s office and take things in a new direction.”

Ziegler promised constituents that, “Any decision I make is going to have research and substance behind it.”

Meghan Durbak may be reached at (765) 454-8570 or via e-mail at meghan.durbak@kokomotribune.com

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