On Tuesday, Democrats took control of Columbus, Indiana the hometown of Vice President Mike Pence. It is the first time in nearly 40 years that Democrats have been in charge.
Voters in Columbus saw four Democrats elected to City Council seats. Only three Republicans won re-election.
In one insanely close race Democrat, Jerone Wood beat out Republican incumbent Dascal Bunch by just one vote.
Both of the Columbus’ “council at-large” seats were won by Democrats, with incumbent Tom Dell retaining his seat, while Grace Kestler was also victorious.
Republican incumbents David Bush, Frank Miller, and Tim Shuffett did manage to hold on to their seats.
According to Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the Indiana city now is Democratic run for the first time in 38 years. Blumenauer added that Juli Briskman, the cyclist who lost her job after flipping off President Donald Trump’s motorcade in 2017, also won her bid for local office in Virginia in Tuesday’s elections.
“Democrats flipped the council in Columbus—the hometown of the former governor and Vice President and won commanding majorities in Portage and Evansville,” the Indiana Democratic Party said in a statement.
“The victories underscore the shifting dynamic in the Indiana suburbs,” the group added.
The below graphic from Statista shows Democratic gains in state governorships in 2019.
Democrats in Indiana also celebrated the fact that for the first time, Democrats would also soon hold the mayor’s office in Zionsville, as well as seats on city councils in the cities of Carmel and Fishers.
“In 2019, we set out to expand the battleground and build our Party’s diverse bench,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody. “In 2020, Democrats will hold elected office in Zionsville, Carmel, and Fishers. Big wins in suburbs across the state are setting the table for 2020.”
Pence has yet to comment on Democrats’ victories in his hometown. Pence’s brother, Greg Pence, who represents the 6th Congressional District of Indiana also remains silent about the Democrat’s victories in his hometown.
Pence held a rally on Monday in Biloxi for gubernatorial candidates and stated that America “will never be a socialist country.”