Republicans kept their grip on two key state Senate seats that represent parts of Johnson County.
In the 36th District, Republican incumbent Brent Waltz defeated challenger Mary Ann Sullivan, a Democrat from Indianapolis. Waltz relied on his record of supporting education and funding for adult education while pledging to strengthen Indiana’s workforce moving forward.
Waltz took 58 percent of the vote, compared to 42 percent for Sullivan. He defeated Sullivan 11,171 total votes to her 8,047, as well as taking the most votes in Johnson County.
Johnson County’s other state Senate race was in the 37th District, where first-time candidate Republican Rod Bray defeated another political novice, Democrat Jim Cahill. Bray won the seat that his father, Sen. Richard Bray, R-Martinsville, had controlled for 20 years.