Sweeney wins


By: Robert Maharry

Staff writer

AREA- State Senator-elect Annette Sweeney faced the daunting task of mounting a special election campaign in just three weeks after the abrupt resignation of former Majority Leader Bill Dix, but she also held a pair of key advantages: built-in name recognition and an almost two-to-one ratio of registered Republicans to Democrats. The former state representative and USDA Director of Rural Development captured over 60 percent of the votes cast in Hardin County on her way to a relatively easy win over Dike small businesswoman Tracy Freese, a first time candidate with no prior experience in elected office. (Read the rest in the Friday Index)