Arnold will replace Ellspermann as state rep

Herald Staff Writer

Lloyd Arnold will be the next District 74 state representative.


Arnold, a Republican, won the seat Tuesday with 14,100 votes, 53 percent. His challenger, Democrat Mike Schriefer, received 12,679 votes, 47 percent.

“I feel really good,” Arnold said late Tuesday night from his home in Leavenworth after celebrating with friends. “With my district being a strong Democratic stronghold, it took a lot of bipartisanship votes for me to win. I appreciate that vote of confidence.”

Dubois County voters selected Arnold with 3,937 votes, 57 percent of the total local votes cast in that race; Schriefer received 2,954 local votes, or 43 percent.

Schriefer, who lives in Santa Claus, socialized with friends and supporters Tuesday night at Christmas Lake Golf Course and was in good spirits.

“We worked hard and did everything we could possibly do,” he said. “We made personal contact with 11,000 voters in the district. It just wasn’t meant to be this time.”

He said he was glad that Spencer County voters chose him over Arnold. In his home county, Schriefer got 2,692 votes to Arnold’s 1,879.

“I’m happy that the people in Spencer County respected me for what I’ve done in Spencer County,” the retired educator said. “That really makes me feel good. People that know me respect me and what I stand for.”

Arnold plans to work hard to get up to speed for his new job, which starts with a General Assembly organizational day in November.

“I’m really anxious to get started,” he said. “I know that I’ll have a lot of help and support from friends who can teach me and help me — like Sue Ellspermann and Mark Messmer,” he said, referring to two fellow Republicans. “This will be a great learning experience.”

Ellspermann, the newly elected lieutenant governor, will complete her term as District 74 representative in November and start her new position in January. Messmer ran unopposed for his third two-year term representing District 63.

“I will go to Indianapolis and be the voice for everyone in my district,” Arnold said. “I want the people in my district to feel like they have representation in the Statehouse.”

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