Voters in Boone County Commissioners District 1 have overwhelmingly reelected incumbent Marc Applegate to continue representing them for the next four years.
The self-professed conservative was challenged in the Republican Primary by Julia Evinger, who served as a GOP delegate to the 2012 state convention, worked as a poll clerk and volunteered for many campaigns, including those of former Gov. Mitch Daniels and Congresswoman Susan Brooks. When the primary votes were totaled, Applegate had garnered 3,857 votes, while Evinger had 2,312.”I feel like I’ve done a good job,” Applegate said. “Hopefully that was one reason people voted for me.”I’m glad people had the confidence in me to reelect me. I’ll just keep doing my thing to make Boone County a better place to live, I guess.”Applegate ran his race on the basis of his experience as a commissioner and businessman. A 55-year resident of Boone County, he graduated from Zionsville Community High School and holds a business degree from Montana State University. He has owned and operated Amco Elevators for 30 years and served as District 1 commissioner for the past seven years. During his tenure as a commissioner, Applegate was board president for three years. The incumbent commissioner said a lot of people told him it “scared them” that Evinger was so heavily endorsed by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors.”She started late, and it’s hard to run against an incumbent,” Applegate added. “She’s a nice person. She would’ve been good commissioner.”I told her today I think it’s great when people want to get involved and serve their community. It’s hard to campaign, and she stuck her neck out.”Evinger and her family have lived in Zionsville for more than a decade. She has raised her family and built her real estate business in Boone County, and she said she has a vested interest in its economic well-being.“The electorates have spoken,” Evinger said after all the votes had been tallied. “I want to congratulate Mr. Applegate on his win tonight. I would like to thank my family and friends who’ve worked tirelessly on this campaign. I would also like to thank my supporters throughout Boone County who have supported me over these last several months. Last but not least, my sincerest gratitude to all of my volunteers who worked at the polls stations for us today.”Applegate said it’s back to business as usual for now.”This was only the primary,” he said. “I could have a Democrat opponent in November.”In addition to his responsibilities as a commissioner, Applegate is chairman of the board of the community foundation and serves as treasurer of the Zionsville Rotary Club. He serves on the Boone County Drainage Board, the Boone County Solid Waste Board and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrative Board. He has served on the Boone County Emergency Management Board, Boone County Economic Development Board, Mapleview Advisory Board, Boone County Senior Services Foundation Board and Rotary Club Board of Zionsville. He also was on the Union Township Advisory Board, which he served as president for three years.