Mike Kreidler, the former state legislator and one-term member of Congress won 55 percent of the vote that was counted Tuesday night in his re-election bid for state insurance commissioner.
Kreidler, first elected to the regulatory post in 2000, was easily besting three challengers – two Republicans and a candidate who prefers the independent party. John Adams, an insurance underwriter and broker, appears to be finishing second and will have another chance at Kreidler in November. Adams was carrying 22 percent of the vote Tuesday with Scott Reilly in third with 18 percent.
The insurance commissioner regulates insurance companies doing business in the state. The office also licenses agents and brokers, examines finances and rates and advocates for consumers.