Zionsville election to bring new faces to the town council


With all precincts reporting, the Town of Zionsville will have a new mayor and some new members on the town council.

All seven of the town council seats were contested. In unofficial results, Democrats picked up one seat on what had been an all-Republican council.

In the District 1 race, Democrat Tim McElderry beat Bob Harris with 51.95 percent of the vote.

“I don’t think any town councilor who gets elected is anything short of incredibly excited,” said McElderry, who will serve as the first ever Democratic town council member in Zionsville. “I could not be more excited about the opportunity. I am so humbled and gracious for all the support that I got. The opportunity ahead of this town is amazing. There’s so many big, big things we could get done and I am so happy to be a part of it.”

In District 2, Republican incumbent Jason Plunkett beat Democrat Jason Ramer with 61.51 percent of the vote.

“I’m thankful for all candidates who ran for council during this election cycle,” said Plunkett, the council’s present. “It’s not an easy decision to run, and it’s a great sacrifice to campaign. I am proud of all of our candidates, and the campaign that we ran. We ran a clean, honest campaign that focused on the unique qualities that each candidate brought to the table. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve this town, and look forward to the work ahead.”

In the District 3 race, Republican incumbent Craig Melton beat Democrat Monisha Mitchell with 59.13 percent of the vote. In District 4, Republican Sarah Sampson beat Democrat Tim Casady with 52.32 percent of the vote.

In the District 5 race, Republican incumbent Brad Burk beat Democrat Tiffany Stoner with 54.75 percent of the vote.

The at-large race was won by Republicans Evan Norris with 27.29 percent of the votes and Joseph Stein with 29.59 percent.

“Boone County Republicans won 93 percent of all seats in municipal elections (on Nov. 7),” said Anna Schappaugh, campaign chair for the Boone County Republican party. “This is a huge statement, from the voters, that they continue to want strong, conservative local representation. Thank you Boone County for making your voice heard. This is just the beginning.”

Uncontested in the mayoral election, Republican John Stehr will succeed Democrat Emily Styron, who did not seek reelection. Republican Samantha Spencer is the newly elected town judge, who won the election with 62.78 percent of the votes.

“The votes are in, and Zionsville has made great choices,” Stehr said. “I look forward to working with all seven members of our new town council to move our town forward in a collaborative and positive way. All voices will be heard and respected. We are stronger together.”

A complete breakdown in voting can be found here.