November 7, 2012

Incumbent lawmakers manage to keep their spots

Staff Writer

— Cass County’s state legislative races ended with no major surprises Tuesday.

Under legislative redistricting, Cass County was divided among three House districts this year.

The one that drew the most attention was for District 23, pitting Republican William C. Friend versus Logansport resident Democrat Kerry “Worly” Worthington, who suspended his campaign amid drug allegations. Friend recorded 12,731 votes, or 68 percent, and Worthington received 5,926 votes. The results mirrored Cass County’s results with Friend receiving 6,300 votes and Worthington receiving 3,167.

Worthington, owner of Worly’s Inn at 26 S. Third St, was arrested Sept. 13 on a warrant charging that he sold cocaine in March to a confidential informant. Though he announced the suspension of his campaign, his name remained on the ballot. He faces charges of dealing in cocaine, a class B felony; possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; possession of cocaine, a class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

In District 25, which is on Cass County’s northwest side, incumbent Donald Lehe appeared to win late Tuesday with about 60 percent support from the district voters. His challenger, Democrat Shane Evans received about 40 percent of the vote, which is the exact break down for Cass County voters, as well.

In District 38, Heath VanNatter ran unopposed to represent most of Cass County south of the Wabash in the Indiana Statehouse.

State Sen. Randy Head of District 18 also ran unopposed.