Errington wins nomination, likely headed back to Statehouse
By Douglas Walker
Errington, 70, won 53 percent of the votes cast in her three-candidate race, 528 more than Walker, an auto worker and UAW official.
The retired Planned Parenthood official two years ago lost her Indiana Senate seat to Republican Doug Eckerty. A few weeks ago, however, Errington noted that in the precincts that now make up House District 34, she had claimed 57 percent of the votes cast in that 2010 Senate race.
Errington was surrounded by jubilant supporters Tuesday night in her downtown campaign office, which served as a gathering place for dissident Team Democrat candidates and their supporters.
"This campaign drew from all over the city," she said. "It wasn't just one group. We were able to tap into supporters from all over. My campaign committee was very diverse."
The Democrat also said many of her supporters "cut their teeth on the (2008) Obama campaign, and they learned how to do it."
Errington, also a former member of the Delaware County Council, faced an opponent in Walker who had the strong support of the Democratic Party's central committee.
On a night that saw three other Team Democrat candidates -- Kim Dowling, Ashlee Batt and John Dorer -- win primary races over candidates back by the party organization, Errington paused when asked whether all of the county's Democratic nominees could work together as a ticket in the fall.
"Not just one (side) can do it," she said. "We'll have to see if everyone is willing to come together."
As he spoke to supporters at Democratic Party Headquarters on Tuesday night, Walker said, "The Walkers will regroup and get behind our candidates in the fall."
In an interview with The Star Press, Walker said he was "surprised by the outcome" but noted that Errington was a formidable candidate.
"She's got name recognition," Walker said of his opponent. "When we were walking precincts, people thought she was still in office.
"I've got to give it to her. She ran a good, clean campaign," he added.
Walker, a first-time candidate, said he wouldn't rule out another campaign for office.
"I don't quit," he said.
The third Democratic candidate for the House nomination, Karen Brand, didn't actively campaign and on Tuesday received only 205 votes.
Republicans fielded no House District 34 candidate in their Tuesday primary. GOP officials could still fill the vacancy on their fall ballot, however.
Democrat Dennis Tyler, the District 34 representative since 2005, resigned from his House seat last December to become Muncie's mayor. Veteran party activist Mike White was appointed to complete his term at the Statehouse.
Reporter Keith Roysdon contributed to this article.
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