Voters give Ferdon win in Columbus mayor’s race

Updated: 7:55 p.m.

With all of the Bartholomew County votes tallied, Republican voters have chosen Mary Ferdon as their candidate to be the next mayor of Columbus.

Ferdon, the current executive director of administration and community development for the city, has defeated former State Rep. Milo Smith with 63 percent of the vote to Smith’s 37 percent.

No Democrat has filed to run for mayor in the November election but the party has until this summer to find a candidate.

In the only other contested race of the night in Columbus, Democrat incumbent Jerone Wood has won the nomination for City Council District 3 with almost 40 percent of the vote, over Michael Kinder with 30 percent of the vote and Tony Hayden with 29 percent.

Wood will face Republican Sue Norman-Chapple, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.