Directors in the
Porter County Voter Registration office speculate it may be winter’s frigid
temperatures that have caused a stall in filings for County offices.
The latest sign-up
was last Friday afternoon when Democrat Kathy Kozuszek filed for the County
Clerk seat currently held by Republican incumbent Karen Martin.
Kozuszek filled out
her Statement of Economic Interests mentioning she is a County employee and
works as the Democratic Director in the Voters Registration office.
All four County
Council races have yet to see a single filing despite the fact there is less
than two weeks left to go until the filing period ends at noon on Friday,
Feb. 7. That may change next week as the County Commissioners make their
corrections to the new ordinance establishing the County Council districts
on Wednesday afternoon.
State races and
judge races for the County and Duneland districts have also been slow, with
zero new filings this week. All incumbents on the state level representing
Duneland Š State Reps. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, Chuck Moseley, D-Portage,
and Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, and State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden
Dunes Š filed for reelection last week but just one challenger has come
forward, Democrat Deb Porter filing for the State Rep. seat held by Soliday.
office races in Duneland are a bit busier with more candidates trickling in.
In a vote-for-three race, Republicans in Liberty Twp. will have a contested
spot on their primary election ballots. Liberty Twp. board member Glen Wiles
filed for another term, bringing the number of candidates to four.
Trustee Beth Underwood also filed for a subsequent term on the Republican
ticket. Pine Twp. Trustee Andrew P. Himan did the same on the Democrat
Following is a list
of candidates who have filed so far, who will appear on Duneland ballots.
Incumbents are indicated in parentheses.
District 1: Pete Visclosky (inc.)
District 4: Karen Tallian (inc.)
Representative District 4: Deb Porter
Representative District 9: Scott Pelath (inc.)
Representative District 10: Charles “Chuck” Moseley (inc.)
Commissioner: Sylvia Graham
County Clerk: Kathy
Dave M. Reynolds, Harold Lush
Judge of Superior
Court 4: David Chidester (inc.)
Jackson Twp. Board:
C. Diane Bates
Pine Twp. Trustee:
Andrew P. Himan, Jr. (inc.)
Trustee: Suzanne Philbrick (inc.)
Committeemen: Jackson 4- C. Diane Bates; Pine 1- Andrew P. Himan;
Westchester 8- Erik Kozuszek, Sr.
Representative District 4: Ed Soliday (inc.)
Commissioner: Nancy Adams (inc.)
County Clerk: Karen
Chuck Harris (inc.)
Jon C. Miller (inc.)
Judge of the
Circuit Court: Mary R. Harper (inc.)
Jackson Twp. Board:
Judith Guernsey (inc.)
Trustee: Beth Underwood (inc.)
Liberty Twp. Board:
Jacquelyn M. Sterling (inc.), Jeffrey E. Larson, Tim Cole, Glenn Wiles
Pine Twp. Board:
Margaret “Peggy” Richardson (inc.)
Board: Barbara J. Stroud (inc.)