Nov. 6, 2018, saw a historic turnout of voters across the country for this year’s midterm elections. Evansville was not excluded; 58,973 people — 51.4 percent of Vanderburgh County’s registered voters — turned out to voice their choices for state and county seats.
In Indiana, the hot-contested seat was between U.S. Senate incumbent Joe Donnelly (D) and Mike Braun (R). The race drew President Donald Trump to Evansville on Aug. 30 to campaign for Braun, a businessman from Jasper, Indiana. Braun came out on top, among both Vanderburgh County voters (50.18 percent of votes) and statewide voters (51 percent).
Back home, the race for prosecutor saw another head-to-head match up between incumbent Nicholas G. Hermann (R) and Stanley M. Levco (D), who previously held the job for 20 years. This election marked the third time the men raced against each other — the first challenge was in 2006 when Levco retained his seat against Hermann and the second was eight years ago when Hermann unseated Levco for the spot. Hermann notched his second win against Levco Nov. 6 with a 53 percent victory.
“Myself and my staff understand we can impact this community beyond the courtroom. It’s our job to open up conversations about community issues,” says Hermann. “The community has embraced our efforts and we look forward to continuing those community conversations for many more years to come.”