Skinner bests incumbent Brauer for GOP Winfield Township trustee nomination

2014-05-07T00:00:00Z Skinner bests incumbent Brauer for GOP Winfield Township trustee nominationSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

WINFIELD TOWNSHIP | Paulette Skinner was the apparent winner Tuesday in the race for the Republican nomination for Winfield Township trustee.

Skinner led with 55.4 percent of the vote against opponent Republican incumbent Roland "Rollie" Brauer, according to early, unofficial results.

Skinner, 66, thanked voters in Winfield Township "for having confidence in me." Currently serving a third term on the Winfield Town Council, "I've just followed my gut and made common-sense decisions," she said.

"I just try to take care of the people, and that's what I want to continue to do," Skinner said.

Brauer, 56, sought re-election to a post he'd held for five years since being named in 2009 to fill the vacancy created when Trustee John Curley died in office.

Brauer said Tuesday he was disappointed in the results of the Tuesday vote and called Skinner's campaign "a classic case of negative campaigning."

Skinner had challenged Brauer on his use of a township-owned vehicle, which she has said she would sell if she is elected trustee and use the proceeds to aid the Four Seasons Fire Department.

Brauer said Tuesday he will stay positive throughout the remainder of his term in office.

Skinner campaigned on an ability to work with the town after having served on the Town Council. She said she'd keep regular office hours as trustee and residents would know she was there.

Skinner will face Democrat Joseph Gacsy in the November general election. Gacsy, 57, ran unopposed for his party's nomination for township trustee.

Skinner retains her seat on the Town Council until she either takes office as trustee in January or her term expires in another year, she said.

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