HIGHLAND — Lake County Councilman Dan Dernulc, R-Highland, held a lead Tuesday night in his bid for a third term on the council.
Dernulc, also chairman of the Lake County Republican Party, appeared to hold a slight edge over Democratic challenger Barry Halgrimson to continue representing Dyer, Schererville and parts of Munster, Griffith, Highland and unincorporated sections of St. John Township on the Lake County Council.
Halgrimson is a retired business owner and corporate management specialist who moved to Indiana three years ago and is active in progressive Democratic movements on the national level.
Dernulc, one of two Republicans on the seven-member County Council, has become a conservative counterweight, voting against the 1.5 percent local income tax the council passed in 2013 and multimillion-dollar borrowing packages that were passed by the council's Democratic majority.
Dernulc, an employee of telecommunications giant AT&T, served on the Highland Town Council from 2004 to 2007.
He won his first term on the Lake Council Council by upsetting the incumbent Democratic councilman in 2010 and won a second term in 2014.
His opponent, Halgrimson, ran to become an advocate of affordable housing and health care on the council. He has opposed the use of the Gary airport to deport ICE detainees, gun sales at the fairgrounds and has called for a cleanup of Superfund sites in East Chicago.