First Democrat elected to Carmel city council; school safety referendum approved

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A Democrat will serve on the city council for the first time in Carmel’s history.

Democrat Miles Nelson defeated Republican Debra Minott to win the West District in the Nov. 5 general election. With all precincts reporting but results not certified, Nelson received 56.04 percent of the vote to Minott’s 43.96 percent.

The race did not have an incumbent, as redistricting added a city council district. Republican incumbents solidly won in the other three contested city council races.

Carmel voters overwhelmingly approved the school safety referendum, with more than 68 percent of voters casting ballots in favor of a 5 cent increase per $100 of assessed home value. Carmel Clay Schools will receive $40 million over the next eight years to place at least one school resource officer in every school, provide additional mental health programming and provide professional development and training to improve school safety and reduce violence.

Carmel Clay Schools released a statement Nov. 5 thanking voters for approving the referendum.

“Tonight’s results reflect a supportive community who care deeply about the safety and well-being of all Carmel Clay Schools students,” it reads. “With the passage of this referendum, we can begin adding important layers of school safety to our schools and wrap resources around students who are struggling. Thank you to our Carmel community, as well as to the Carmel SOS parent group, for their support and understanding that a safe school environment is essential for students to learn, grow and thrive.”

Republicans who ran unopposed in the general election include incumbent Mayor Jim Brainard, Sue Wolfgang for city clerk, incumbent Brian Poindexter for city court judge, Adam Aasen for the city council southeast district and incumbent Tony Green for the southwest district. Unopposed at-large city council candidates were Kevin “Woody” Rider, Jeff Worrell and Tim Hannon.

In Hamilton County, 15.62 percent of registered voters participated in the general election.

CARMEL CLAY SCHOOLS REFERENDUM

Yes: 68.55%

No: 31.45%

CARMEL CITY COUNCIL WEST DISTRICT:

Debra Minott (R): 43.96%

Miles Nelson (D): 56.04%

CARMEL CITY COUNCIL CENTRAL DISTRICT

Bruce Kimball (R): 58.09%

Cleaster Davis (D): 41.91%

CARMEL CITY COUNCIL NORTHEAST DISTRICT

Sue Finkam (R): 70.27%

Ti’Gre McNear (D): 29.73%

CARMEL CITY COUNCIL NORTH DISTRICT

Laura Campbell (R): 55.56%

William Howard (D): 44.44%

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