Kathy Groninger (L) and Chad Miner (R) congratulate each other on winning their respective races at the Kosciusko County Republican Party headquarters in downtown Warsaw. Groninger won one of three county council at-large Republican nominations and Miner won the Republican race for Superior Court III judge. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
Kathy Groninger (L) and Chad Miner (R) congratulate each other on winning their respective races at the Kosciusko County Republican Party headquarters in downtown Warsaw. Groninger won one of three county council at-large Republican nominations and Miner won the Republican race for Superior Court III judge. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
Republican Chad Miner secured his party’s nomination for Kosciusko County Superior Court III judge with 3,688 votes Tuesday.

Karin McGrath had 3,327 votes, followed by Lindsey Grossnickle with 1,839 and Rob Bishop with 995.

“I feel really good,” Miner said after the results came in, adding that he was out with his father picking up yard signs to elect him for judge.

“First of all, I really appreciate all of our supporters that we have. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten here, so lots of appreciation to our supporters,” Miner said. “I’m really excited and looking forward to representing the party come November.”

Miner said his first reaction was spent with his father as they were “picking up signs in a broke-down pickup truck.”

“We have a really wonderful county and I’m looking foward to representing the party in November and then going on to the court in January and I hope to make the county proud,” Miner said.

Miner, who is the president of the Silver Lake Town Council, and the Kosciusko County attorney, said leaving those posts will be hard.

“I’m really going to miss working on the town council,” he said. “Silver Lake is just a really great town and I’ve enjoyed my time there, and I’ll also miss being the county attorney. That’s been a huge part of my life and something that is really near and dear, and, of course, all of the really great clients. I’ve had great clients who say, ‘Gosh, Chad, we hope you get it, but we’re gonna miss you,’ and the feeling is mutual.”

“Obviously, I am just absolutely grateful for all the incredible support that I have received from just so many amazing people really around me,” McGrath said. “I want to thank them and I congratulate Chad and wish him the very best. That is our democratic process and I’m glad there was a turnout, and I really mean it sincerely when i say that what a wonderful feeling to know that I feel like I win either way. I either was going to start a new chapter or I get to stay doing what I love to do in a legal system that I love with people that I love and continuing serving my county, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.”

For Bishop, who was picking up signs when called for a comment by the Times-Union, he hadn’t yet heard of the results.

“Well, the voters have spoken and Chad won,” Bishop said. “I want to say thank you to the voters who did support me and especially to my cycling fans and my family.”

For Grossnickle, this isn’t the end. She is determined to be a judge.

“I congratulate Chad,” she said. “He got the most votes and ran a rough race and obviously did a good job of winning the votes. I wish it went another way.”

Will the Whitley County deputy prosecuting attorney seek office again? Absolutely.

“I think I’m supposed to be a judge,” Grossnickle said Tuesday night. “So, I’ll run again. We’ve got a couple of judges who I?think have made it known that they’re going to retire after this next term and there will be a reopening in the next five to six years. It’s what I’m supposed to do. I don’t think I’m supposed to give up just because it didn’t work out this time.”