In Spite of Lawsuits, Dvorak Beats Kauffman in Race for St. Joseph County Prosecutor

One of the most heated local elections over the last week was for St. Joseph County Prosecutor.

Democratic incumbent Mike Dvorak sued his Republican Challenger Greg Kauffman over a campaign ad last week.

Kauffman then counter-sued Dvorak yesterday.

The dueling lawsuits did nothing to de-rail Dvorak's re-election bid.

He picked up more than 50-thousand votes to Kauffman's almost 29-thousand, and won 63% to 37%.

Prosecutor Michael Dvorak says it was his positive campaign that paid off in the end.

Dvorak was the first candidate at the West Side Democratic Club, to pop the bubbly, and celebrate a win.

He says the lawsuits did not affect the campaign.

But it his record in office made the difference.

Meanwhile, challenger Greg Kauffman says he is pleased he got so many votes without much name recognition. “I think the results tonight vindicated our positive campaign. I think it was the public telling all the candidates what they do is run positive campaigns, talk about what you've done, talking about what your plan to do and not talk about sling mud,” he said. “My opponent was in the public eye for 19 years. I was in the public for 6 months so I think that is huge that speaks volumes for the folks that put their vote on my name just wait. We'll be back. We'll be back.”

Kauffman says he plans to run for prosecutor again in four years.

He says he knows a lot more about how to run a campaign now than he did before.

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