Little tops Lytle in middle district commissioners race
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:00 AM
The next Board of County Commissioners will continue to have a Democratic majority, but a Republican will hold one of the seats.
PROUD OF HER FATHER: Robert Little is hugged by his daughter Megan Timm after hearing the news of his win in the race for Jefferson County Commissioner Middle District. Little defeated Andy Lytle. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Republican Robert "Bob" Little won the middle district seat now held by Democrat Julie Berry, who did not seek re-election. Democrat Mark Cash won re-election to the lower-district seat.
Little, a former township trustee, ran for the Board of Commissioners 12 years ago, but was defeated by Berry.
He looked at his upcoming four-year term as "a small way of giving back.
"I've been very fortunate here, raised a family here," Little said. "I want to try to see that our tax dollars are used wisely."
Little soundly defeated Democrat Andy Lytle.
The outcome will end 40 straight years of having a Lytle in elected office in Jefferson County, and there were others before then.
"I honestly don't take it personal," Lytle said of his defeat. "I offer myself as a person to serve, and the public decides."
He congratulated Little, calling him "a great man."
After leaving public office as a school board member for 12 years, Lytle said, he will "focus more on my family and concentrate more on what's best for us."
Cash won re-election to his second term on the board by defeating Republican Paul Joe Brawner. Brawner went to the Democratic headquarters to congratulate Cash after the votes were counted.
"It' been a long, hard campaign, but we prevailed," Cash said. "My opponent ran a good, clean race. We both did. I thank the voters of Jefferson County for their support for me, and I'll work hard for the next four years."
The upper-district seat, held by Democrat Tom Pietrykowski, was not up for election this year.
Reporter Seth Grundhoefer contributed to this report.