By LILY REX
for the 2020 primary election begins today: Wednesday, Jan. 8 and concludes
at noon local time Friday, Feb. 7. Dunelanders may file for candidacy in a
host of local, state, and federal races.
Based on residency,
Dunelanders may be eligible to run for the following elected positions:
Porter County Commissioner north district; Porter County Council at-large
(three seats); County Treasurer; County Surveyor; Ogden Dunes Town Council
Wards 2, 3, and 4; Indiana Senate District 4, Indiana House of
Representatives Districts 9, 10, and 4; Porter Circuit Court Judge; and U.S.
House of Representatives District 1.
also be eligible to run to represent the Republican party as Precinct
Committeemen in Jackson, Liberty, Westchester, or Pine Township, or to
represent District 1 (Jackson, Liberty, Westchester, and Pine Townships, for
a total of 10 delegates) as Republican State Convention Delegates.
For most local
offices, a candidate must be a registered voter in the district he or she is
seeking to represent and must have lived in that district, at a primary
residence, for a certain amount of time, usually one year.
A candidate for
office may be an employee of the same government unit he or she is
running to represent, but must resign that position if elected. The
Candidate Guide gives the example that a full-time paid firefighter may not
hold a local government position in a town protected by fire services from
his or her Fire Department. Candidates may work for one local
government unit and be an elected office holder in another.
Candidates must not
be prohibited from participating in certain partisan political activities
under the Hatch Act. Page nine of the Candidate Guide informs would-be
candidates on how to find out if this applies to them.
Citizens who have
been convicted of a felony or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony
charge, or a felony charge that was later reduced to a Class A misdemeanor,
may not run for local office, per Indiana Code.
Find the 2020
Indiana Candidate Guide, and candidate filing forms, here: SOS: Candidate
For Major Parties
Candidates from the
major parties must file two forms: a CAN-2, declaration of candidacy, and a
CAN-12, statement of economic interests. These forms should be turned in to
the Porter Elections & Registration office in suite 105 of the County
Administration Center, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso, no later than noon on
Feb. 7. The Elections & Registration office is open Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Minor Parties, and Independents
candidates are not on the ballot in the primary election. Libertarian
candidates do not have to file the CAN-2 because they will be nominated by
party town conventions hosted by the party’s state committee later in the
year, according to the Candidate Guide.
Other minor party
or independent candidates must file three forms: CAN-20, written consent to
become a candidate, a petition of nomination (either the CAN-19 or the
CAN-21, depending on what office the candidate is seeking), and the CAN-12.
Minor party and independent candidates must file a petition signed by a
certain number of registered voters in the district they are seeking
election. That number is equal to two percent of the number of votes cast
for Secretary of State in the last general election in the County where the
candidate is seeking office. The Elections & Registration Office will verify
the registration status of each petition signer, and page 113 of the
Candidate Guide outlines how many signatures candidates need, ordered by
may turn in their completed petitions starting today, and have until noon
local time on Monday, June 30 to submit them to the Elections & Registration
office for verification. Starting this year, candidates will not have
to get their petitions verified at one County building and then deliver them
to another--all forms will be filed at the Elections & Registration Office.
To run for State,
Federal, or Legislative Offices, including Circuit Court Judge, State Senate
and State House of Representatives, and U.S. Congress, Dunelanders must file
with the Indiana Election Division in Indianapolis. Forms are not considered
filed until they are received and processed by an employee. Forms can be
submitted by mail or delivered in person to: Indiana Election Division
Office of the Secretary of State, Indiana Government Center, S. E-204 302 W.
Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204. Candidate forms cannot be emailed
or faxed. For certain offices, some forms may need to be directed to a
different State office. The Candidate Guide explains where each form should
be submitted, provides instructions for how to do so, and provides contact
information for each office candidates may need to file forms with.
In addition to
being generally eligible to be a candidate in Indiana, the following
specific requirements apply to local offices that are up for grabs this
Town Council terms
are staggered and organized by Ward in Ogden Dunes. Wards 2, 3, and 4 are up
for election this year. To file for Ogden Dunes Town Council, candidates
must live in the Ward they are seeking to represent. Voting, however, is not
by ward. All voters may vote for all wards. View a map of Ogden Dunes’
voting wards here:
committeemen and state convention delegates are not considered ‘elected’
offices, but ‘political’ offices. No state requirements mandate that
candidates for these offices live in the district they seek to represent;
however, the Candidate Guide warns that party-specific rules may contain
residency requirements. Precinct committeemen and state convention delegates
are exempt from the financial disclosure requirement.
To be a candidate
for Porter County Treasurer or Surveyor, candidates must have lived in
Porter County for at least one year.
To be a candidate
for North Porter County Commissioner, the candidate must have lived in
Porter County for at least a year prior to election and lived in the north
district for at least six months prior to election.
To be a County
Council member at-large, candidates must have lived in Porter County for at
least one year at the time of election.
To be a candidate
for U.S. Representative in District 1, candidates must be at least
25-years-old and have been American citizens for at least seven years. There
is no residency requirement for candidates to live in the district they seek
to represent or even to live in Indiana before the date of the general
election in November, according to the Candidate Guide.
State Senate must be United States Citizens at least 25-years-old who have
lived in Indiana for at least two years and in the district they seek to
represent for at least one year prior to the election.
State Representative must be United States Citizens at least 21-years-old
who have lived in Indiana for at least two years and in the district they
seek to represent for at least one year prior to the election.
State Senate and Representative must file their CAN-12s with the principal
clerk of their respective legislative body. CAN-12s must be delivered by
person or mail.
Circuit Court Judge must reside in the circuit they seek to represent and be
admitted to the practice of law in Indiana by the time of election. Circuit
Court candidates file their CAN-12s with the State Court Administration.