EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - If you didn’t get out and vote Tuesday, let 99-year-old Jean Baskett-Mehrle inspire you to cast your ballet on the next election day.
“Oh I would never miss voting, never. It is not my character. I would come if it were snowing, raining, whatever. I would never miss," she said.
Baskett-Mehrle knew what was at stake today. There were several candidates fighting for a spot on the November City Council ballot, as well as the Mayoral primary. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke solidified his name on the November ballot in a landslide victory.
“I think this is really a reflection of how our community feels about the progress that our city is making, about the path that we’re on as a broader community. I think it speaks to the collaboration that people are coming together for the greater good," said Winnecke.
The Mayoral race was a friendly one. Connie Whitman joined Mayor Winnecke at the Republican watch party tonight.
“It is obviously disappointing and I congratulate him on his victory. But I do hope that the things that I was advocating for might be implemented," said Whitman.
For all of the candidates who claimed victory, their campaign for the fall has just begun. Election day is November 5. By then, Baskett Mehrle will be 100 years old but she will still be out to vote.
“We have to vote! I wouldn’t see it any other way and I feel a little bit of a... I think they are missing that feeling. Let me put it that way. I think they are missing that feeling," said Merhle.