Scheub's victory is one for the ages

2012-11-06T19:30:00Z 2013-05-16T19:11:07Z Scheub's victory is one for the agesBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
November 06, 2012 7:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub may be in the autumn of his years, but he was in season with voters.

The 77-year-old Scheub won re-election Tuesday night to his fifth term as 2nd District county commissioner by defeating 51-year-old Republican Jerry Tippy, a Schererville town councilman and general manager of an Illinois steel fabricating firm.

"A lot of people still believe in what we are doing. It was a hard campaign, and it will be my last," Scheub said.

Tippy promised to bring a new, businesslike approach to county government, but Scheub countered he had 16 years of on-the-job-training in directing essential government services from snowplowing to sand bagging during floods.

Scheub said he now must help address the threat of budget-busting public safety issues. "Crime, drugs and gangs are the big problem, and we have to make this a safer, better county," Scheub said.

The American Legion Post 430 in Merrillville, where Scheub, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Lake Coroner Merrilee Frey held court Tuesday night was a gathering of party lights young and old, including former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick, who said he will be 85 this month.

Scheub waited until 9 p.m. to officially thank his supporters after hearing he was leading Tippy substantially with 90 percent of the district's precincts counted.

Scheub's re-election was put in doubt a year ago by a mandatory remapping of the 2nd District seat on the Board of Commissioners that stripped him of reliable Democratic bastions in Lake Station, New Chicago and Hobart.

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