Make it 18 terms as a state representative for Phyllis Pond.
Pond, R-New Haven, has served in the General Assembly since 1979. On Tuesday, she defeated Democrat Evan Smith, a social studies teacher at North Side High School, and write-in candidate Audrey Queckboerner to claim House District 85.
Pond, a former teacher herself, tallied 16,475 votes, or 64 percent of the votes cast, according to the Allen County Election Board. Smith finished with 7,085 votes, or 28 percent, while Queckboerner had 2,069 votes, or 8 percent.
Pond had previously said that she intends to monitor labor and education reforms to determine their impact as well as study problems that have surfaced in the state Department of Child Services.
Morris wins – scouts’ honor – in District 84
Clearly, a bit of controversy concerning his thoughts on the Girl Scouts was a mere blip on the radar for Republican incumbent State Rep. Bob Morris, who represents House District 84.
Morris took heat months ago with his claim via a leaked letter meant for his colleagues in the statehouse that the Girl Scouts promote sex and abortion. That criticism didn’t carry over to Election Day, as Morris rolled Democrat Lee Jordan and Libertarian James A. Hanson.
Morris tallied 18,147 votes, or 60 percent, according to the Allen County Election Board. All precincts had reported.
Jordan had 10,670 votes, or 35 percent, while Hanson finished with 1,379, or 5 percent.