Town council member wins full term

Tuesday’s election left the Brownstown Town Council unchanged as the incumbent in the only race on the ballot picked up enough votes to secure the win.

That race pitted Republican Bethany Brewster against political newcomer James “Jim” Weesner, a Democrat, for the Ward 2 seat. Brewster won 112 to 81.

Brewster said the victory gives her a little extra motivation to continue to help and do her best for the town.

She said she didn’t feel like the margin of victory of 58 percent to 42 percent was all that big considering 193 people — or 10.3 percent of the 1,917 registered voters — went to the polls.

“I really just prayed for the Lord’s will to be done, and secondly, I used Facebook to get my message out,” Brewster said of her campaign efforts. “I felt like that had a very positive impact and a lot of people commenting and sharing.”

Weesner said he figured if turnout was low it would play a result in outcome of the election, but he also was happy for Brewster.

“I know the last election, the Republicans swept the county, and I knew I was kind of a long shot,” he said. “But it was lot of fun for me and a great learning experience.”

Weesner said he wishes more people would try to run for office.

“I think everyone should try it at least once,” he said.

Brewster was first elected to the seat early this year during a caucus of precinct committeemen when former Councilman Dustin Steward moved out of town.

Brewster said she was glad voters decided to give her a chance to continue some of the work she has been involved with since stepping in for Steward. That includes a project to renovate the town pool.

“That’s a project I’m leading, and I’m excited to see that coming to a finish,” she said. “We’ve got the sewer project coming and the bicentennial that we’re excited to be a part of this coming year, and we have the Heritage Park.”

Republican council members running unopposed were John Nolting, Ward 1; Matt Smith, Ward 3; Bill Sweeny, Ward 4; and Sally Cate Lawson, Ward 5. Clerk-Treasurer David Willey, a Democrat, also was unopposed.

How you voted

Ward 2

Democrat James “Jim” Weesner;81

Republican Bethany Brewster (I);112

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.