Dec 11, 2014 9:11 pm

Chapter 6

A month later, Jeff Sparks is visibly more relaxed. He leans back in a diner booth at The Grill on Linton’s main street, wearing a well-loved black Purdue sweatshirt.

Dec 11, 2014 9:08 pm

Chapter 5

Not all the educators running for office have Sparks’ chances this election, Sutton says. He names a couple local races, then closes his eyes and shakes his head, symbolically shutting them down. “Sometimes it’s just too hard to change the ideological slant of a district.” On Election Day, it turns out Sutton was right about two of the three races he predicted.

Dec 11, 2014 9:06 pm

Chapter 4

Saturday before the election, 22-year-old The Linton headquarters are actually the town multi-purpose room.

Dec 11, 2014 9:02 pm

Chapter 3

Friday before the election, Sparks is at the junior high. He’s about worn out, he says.

Dec 11, 2014 8:58 pm

Chapter 2

Sparks gives up his weekends for the campaign, going to spaghetti dinner and pancake breakfast fundraisers all over the district.

Dec 11, 2014 8:53 pm

Sparks, but no fire

Election Day is cold and rainy. The sky goes from overcast to drizzling to full pouring rain in Greene County as the last voters leave the polls.