Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 6, 2012

Burgess, Stein win school board races; Whitestown defeats reorganization

Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — Click here for election results.

With all of the Eagle and Union precincts reporting, the Zionsville Community Schools board of trustee races were split.

Jane Burgess will serve a second term on the Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees.

Burgess defeated her opponent, Sue Gentile, 55 percent (6,668 votes) to 45 percent (5,355 votes) in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Burgess hopes to continue the work she started during her next term.

There’s a new school board member in town.

Joe Stein beat 20-year incumbent Robert Wingerter for the Zionsville Community Schools' school board seat for Union Township during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Stein received 56 percent (6,463) of the votes with Wingerter receiving 44 percent (5,159). Wingerter is president of the current school board and has been a member for 20 years.

“I feel really good,” Stein said. “It’s been a long hard race.”


The public question to combine Worth Township with the town has been defeated 2-1.A referendum that would have expanded Whitestown into Worth Township was soundly defeated Tuesday, Nov. 6.

A reorganization committee had been working on a plan to merge Worth Township and Whitestown boundaries, finances and some services.

The referendum question was phrased “Shall the Town of Whitestown and Worth Township reorganize as single political subdivision?”

Of the more than 1,800 votes cast on the question, 1,120 (61 percent) were against the reorganization.

Voter turnout was heavy throughout the day, but there were no reports of long lines when polls closed at 6 p.m.

Nearly two-thirds of Boone County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday, Nov. 6’s election, 578 more than in 2008.

This year 66 percent of the 42,654 registered voters participated; in 2008, 73 percent of the 36,742 registered voters went to polls.

A hint that the turnout would exceed 2008’s came with absentee ballots; 8,451 people chose that option this year, compared to 7,927 in 2008.

More than half as many people — more than 4,000 — came to the Boone County Courthouse to vote early as cast absentee votes in the last presidential election.

See Wednesday's newspaper for complete election coverage, including the Zionsville Community Schools board of trustee races between Jane Burgess and Sue Gentile and Joe Stein and Rob Wingerter.