"These people you're serving with are your neighbors," said Joe Haynes, a returning county commissioner.
When its newly elected Republican commissioner, Andy Skidmore, takes his seat, the Putnam County Commission will be composed entirely of Republicans. That's a change from the last few years, but it's been this way before, from 2004 to 2006.
Haynes has seen it both ways and said the partisan dynamics don't make much of a difference to proceedings.
"On a local level I'm not sure it comes into play that much except on a philosophical level," he said. "Even if you have differences, you take your vote and you move on. There's no vindictiveness."
If you look at the commission's decisions over the past few years, he said, there will sometimes be an odd man out, voting differently than the other two commissioners - but these differences don't always follow party lines.
"Most of the things are so basic it doesn't come out like that," he said.
Republican Mark Sorsaia, prosecuting attorney, said this year's election results are, more than anything, evidence of a healthy two-party system in Putnam County, where informed voters are evaluating individual candidates on their merits rather than their politics.
"We get into fights during elections, but once we get elected, we all try to work together," he said.
"If that happened in Washington, this country would be a better place to be."
In addition to Skidmore, Republicans elected last week include Joe Reeder, circuit judge; Steve Deweese, sheriff; and Sherry Hayes, assessor.
The only Democrats retaining county offices are Circuit Judge Phil Stowers and surveyor Randy Crace.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.