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Chuck Goodrich of Noblesville, a first-time political candidate who was elected to the House of Representatives, District 29, celebrates with his family on Election Day.
Photo provided Chuck Goodrich of Noblesville, a first-time political candidate who was elected to the House of Representatives, District 29, celebrates with his family on Election Day.
Ever wonder how our election candidates spent their Election Day?
I asked some of the candidates, and here’s what they said.
Businessman Chuck Goodrich, Republican candidate for State Representative, District 29,  awoke early Tuesday and headed to his campaign headquarters at the former Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
“I was greeted by 75 enthusiastic campaign volunteers. By 5 a.m., my teams were ready to brave the cold at every polling location in House District 29, to thank voters for exercising one of the greatest American rights,” Goodrich said Tuesday just hours before winning the seat, held by retiring Kathy Kreag Richardson.
After casting his own vote early Tuesday, Goodrich and wife, Trish, spent the day visiting the polling locations and thanking everyone for their support. 
Election night, the Goodriches played host to the Hamilton County Republican Victory Party at the former club-turned-Goodrich campaign headquarters. 
“We are excited to watch the returns and celebrate all of the hard work and energy this team has poured into the election,” Goodrich said. “For me, this entire experience has been extremely humbling and rewarding beyond belief. I have met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way. However, none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends, church, and Gaylor Electric. Their steadfast positivity and energetic encouragement have inspired me throughout this journey. We are all blessed to live in such a strong community, and I look forward to representing the people of District 29 in our state capital next year.”
Richardson who, while retiring from the Statehouse, isn’t retiring from politics. She won the seat for Hamilton County Clerk of the Court in Tuesday’s election. But she wasn’t campaigning all day. She worked her day job, as she has every year, spending the day in the county’s Election Office, as the county’s election administrator. She awoke Tuesday at 4 a.m. and was at the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center by 5 a.m., to be prepared for the opening of polling places at 6 a.m.
The Election Office was pretty quiet, she said, as she emerged from her little cubicle in the back of the room, wearing her patriotic red, white and blue, including a flag scarf.
“It’s been a busy day, lots of voters,” said Richardson. With no glitches.
“In the morning, we had everybody up and going.” However, poll workers are still going through a learning curve using the new poll pads that speed up voter check-in and that were introduced at the May primary.
Just after 2 p.m., she reported a total 95,000 voters, or 39 percent, came out to the polls on Tuesday, with 9, 777 mailed ballots and 32,844 early voters at four county locations. By the end of the day, Richardson said 138,834 total voters had voted at the county’s polls, by the end of the day at 6 p.m.
Obviously, the U.S. senate race brought in more interest than the last time when the Secretary of State was top of the ticket, she said.
In 2016, a total 158,036 people, or 68 percent, voted. In 2014, a total 57,453, or 28 percent, voted.
“(This year), it’s a lot more than 2014, but it’s not as high as presidential early voting,” said Richardson, who experienced a 40-minute wait at her polling place at the former Catholic Church in Noblesville. 
Dennis Quakenbush, a Republican candidate who was elected Tuesday as the new Hamilton County Sheriff, said he and his wife, Christen, were at the polls on Tuesday with family, friends “and our many supporters.”
Pretty self-assured of his win on Tuesday, he said, “We will be celebrating tonight at the Republican party event,” at the former Boys & Girls Club. “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to all of our supporters who have worked hard for our campaign. I look forward to working together with the many community leaders and public safety officials to keep Hamilton County safe,” he said.
Jason Straw, Democratic candidate for sheriff, visited Sheridan, Bakers Corner, Cicero Library, Strawtown Koteewi Park and Arcadia Town Hall. He visited the polls with his daughter, “meeting great people on Election Day.”
Incumbent State Rep. Anthony J. “Tony” Cook (R-Cicero), who was reelected, said he and his wife and six of his volunteers moved between polls in Hamilton and Tipton counties on Election Day. “Tonight, we will watch the returns and have refreshments from our home with various volunteers that have helped us at parades, passing out flyers, and standing at polling stations,” Cook said Tuesday.
Noblesville Township Trustee incumbent Tom Kenley, who was reelected, wasn’t working or campaigning, although his campaign signs were quite visible around the city. Rather, he was busy with funeral arrangements and writing a speech in memory of his father, World War II veteran Howard Kenley Jr., who died on Tuesday at age 99.
Hamilton County Commissioner and Republican incumbent Christine Altman, who was reelected, had said she was either going to the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center to watch the votes come in or stop by Congresswoman Susan Brooks’ and Ken Alexander’s parties.
She was thrilled with voter turnout. “From the lines I am seeing at the polls, and reports from friends on their wait time at their polls, I’m happy that our voters are engaged and am interested in seeing how the votes tally this time,” Altman said.
Noblesville Township Board incumbent, Republican Joe Arrowood, who was relelected, spent most of the day with his wife while she delivered Tri Kappa nuts. (She excited $1,100 in sales, he said). He spent Tuesday night watching election results.
John B. Davis, a candidate for Noblesville Township Board, spent the day at home watching the news. Tuesday night, he and his wife had plans to dine at Syd’s Fine Food & Spirits in downtown Noblesville “to eat and then go to the Courthouse to watch the results come in,” he said.
Paula Gilliam, a Democrat Noblesville Township board candidate, awoke at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, “thanked God for another day,” followed by Bible study with gospel music. She went to the gym to work out, listened to the news, went to Indy, and then traveled to different areas of the state with state candidates and the state committee. 
Republican incumbent Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph, District 29 (R-Carmel) and his wife, Beth, were up out after 3 a.m. making sure that their polling locations were properly resourced with name and logo and campaign signs. Then on Election Day, he went around to polling places, thanking his volunteers, “for advocating for my re-election,” he said, making sure they were fed, and thanking constituents. “It takes a while.” Then the Get out the Vote phone bank happens as his volunteers call 1,800 voters, then 600 targeted voters who haven’t yet voted. At 4:45 p.m.., he picked up a 15-foot U-Haul, and then at 6:02 p.m., he and his wife and another volunteer picked up his campaign signs throughout his district. Delph doesn’t like his signs lingering on private property, and wants to be respectful to those who allowed him to place signs, “making sure we’re good stewards to their property.”  Delph, who won the race in Hamilton County, and ended up losing districtwide to Democrat J.D. Ford. said “It’s been an honor of a lifetime to serve.”
Teri Ditslear, a Noblesville School board, at-large, candidate, who was elected, along with Noblesville dentist Joe Forgey, worked at Bible Study at an assisted-living facility, had lunch at Broccoli Bill’s, and was “out and about.”  She had plans to be with family and friends, watching and waiting all of the results, both local and state. Ditslear commented that the school board race was “very civil and respectful. All of the candidates are worthy of sitting on the board.”
Republican Jeff Bragg, a Noblesville School board candidate, spent the day working the polls. “It’s cold,” noting the brisk fall air. He was home Tuesday night with family watching results. “Family time,” he said.
Michael Duell, a Noblesville School board candidate, said of his Election Day, “As expected, today’s been as wild ride to the election finish line. If someone were to make a video montage of my day, it would be accompanied by Johnny Cash’s ‘I’ve been Everywhere.’ It’s 2018, and we all wear so many hats now, and have to seemingly be in two (or more) places at once in defiance of Newtonian Physics.” He spent Tuesday morning “as Dad, getting sleepy kids out of bed and ready for school. I took time to cast my own vote, tended to some campaign signs, posted an online note of encouragement for folks to vote, answered some voter questions, clocked in some hours at work.” Later, Duell headed back out to join his wife to meet some more voters before returning to his responsibilities at Western Governors University.” He said. “After the dust has settled on the work, school and campaign,” he had plans gather together as a family Tuesday night to watch the results. He said, “Genuinely, I am tired, but I have genuinely enjoyed the opportunity and privilege to meet so many, hear their stories, listen to their ideas and be in a community that knows and exhibits true passion for their families, believes, community and schools.”
He concluded with words of Leonard Cohen, who wrote, “I did my best….I’ve told the truth, and I didn’t come to fool you.”
Democrat Karen Anderson, a candidate for county coroner, who lost to Republican incumbent John R. Chalfin, enjoyed having breakfast with a dear friend and supporter because “it’s my birthday today, too,” she said.
“It’s been so gratifying to hear that my candidacy and that of all the dozens of other Democrats in Hamilton County have energized voters here,” she said. “People feel like they have a voice and a choice again, and that’s what I’ll be celebrating tonight (Tuesday) as I watch the returns come in with my family and friends.”
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