It’s two days after the final votes were cast in Evansville, and Vanderburgh County commissioner Ben Shoulders finally knows that he has another four years in office.
Shoulders elated to be re-elected to the position, but he said this unusually long waiting time was nerve wracking.
“It’s a little bit longer than I thought it was going to be, so certainly the uncertainties have been a tad stressful just because you want the results to happen, as a candidate of any capacity, but I knew it would take a little bit longer," said Shoulders.
After final tally, Shoulders won the election by more than 2500 votes over his republican opposition Zac Racsher.
And he said he wasn’t surprised to have an unusual post-election experience after enduring such a strange campaigning process due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It certainly was different," said Shoulders. "There wasn’t any canvassing or door-to-door interactions, so a lot of that was phone calls, social media, mailing, stuff like that.”
Shoulders has been the Vanderburgh County commissioner since 2016, and now that he knows that he’s back in office, he knows exactly what he wants to get accomplished first.
“Obviously, it’s the public health and safety of Vanderburgh County," said Shoulders. "Getting everybody through this pandemic. We’re all in this together, so keeping everybody safe and healthy is number one.”
And on top of focusing primarily on the pandemic and making sure Vanderburgh County gets through it, Shoulders also plans to implement more green space projects, and he wants to improve the high speed internet issues that are facing more than 35,000 Vanderburgh County residents.