St. Joseph County Primary Races

By: Marcie J. Kobriger Email
By: Marcie J. Kobriger Email

Less than twelve percent of registered voters in St. Joseph County participated in today’s primary elections. Despite the low voter turn out, winners on both sides are elated.

Juan Manigault beat out Terry Miller for the republican nod for mayor of South Bend. He’s proud of his win, and the campaigns he’s and his opponent waged.

“This primary campaign between Terry Miller and myself was really about November and the changes that need to take place to move our city forward,” Manigault said, post win Tuesday night.

Manigault will face incumbent mayor, democrat Steve Leucke come November. Luecke took eighty percent of the 6,000 votes cast, beating fellow democrat William Davis.

“In the primary I was taking shots from three different directions. It’ll be good to have one opponent, and to have positive discussions about what can happen in the city of
South Bend,” Luecke said of the primary results.

Mishawaka mayor, Jeff Rea was unopposed in this quest for the republican ticket, but says the primary campaign has helped his team prepare for the fight come fall. “I’ve got a campaign team that has worked as hard, whether I’ve had an opponent or not. That’s got me encouraged about our chances come fall.”

While Rea’s race may have been easy going, Democrat Henry Davis Jr. put up quite a fight, in the race for district 2 of South Bend’s city council.

“It was a struggle. I’m happy. I’m elated. It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet. It was a long hard row, but we’re here,” Davis said post victory.

He beat the incumbent, Charlotte Pheifer by a mere 32 votes. As of now, he will run unopposed in November.

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