By JEFF SCHULTZ
came out in droves during the past 48 hours to declare their candidacies for
this year’s primary and general elections.
before the noon deadline today--was Republican Jeff Good, who filed his for
the Center District seat on the County Commissioners, making it a three-way
race in the primary, with incumbent Nancy Adams and challenger William A.
The County Council
races, however, saw the most activity on Thursday and today as both
incumbents and challengers filed.
A contested primary
race is set for County Council District 1 where incumbent Republican Jim
Biggs, will square off with Duneland resident Kyle Yelton.
candidate filed for Council District 1.
council races outside of Duneland are in Council District 3 where Republican
incumbent Karen Conover will face challenger Russell G. “Chet” Barone in the
May 6 primary, and Republican incumbent Jim Polarek will face Michael J.
Jessen in District 4.
Democrat Don Ensign
has also filed there.
Member Jeremy Rivas filed for District 2 and is currently unopposed. Rivas
this morning issued a statement saying that, along with his filing, he is
dropping his civil rights lawsuit against the Porter County Board of
Commissioners’ ordinance that placed him in District 4 but still asserts he
was unfairly targeted in redistricting by Commissioner President John Evans,
Rivas, a Democrat,
said he intends to move his residence back to District 2 to qualify him to
run for his seat.
Late Wednesday saw
the filing of a Republican candidate for Sheriff: Valparaiso Police Chief
Mike Brickner. He is unopposed in the primary but there is a contested race
for the Democrats between Chesterton resident Harold S. Lush and former
sheriff Dave Reynolds.
Robert Wichlinski and County Assessor Jon Snyder, both Republicans, declared
their candidacies for reelection. Also, Democrat Vicki Urbanik filed for
auditor late today.
In another county
race, Democrat Scott Williams filed for Recorder. He will face Republican
incumbent Jon C. Miller in November.
Porter County Judge
Roger Bradford filed for reelection for Superior Court 1 and remains
unopposed on the Republican side.
New filings in
township races include Republicans Daniel Timm, who filed for the Pine
Township Board; and Mark J. Jaeger, who filed for the Jackson Township
According to the
Indiana Secretary of State’s website no more candidacies have been announced
in the last 48 hours for U.S. Representative District 1 or in the Indiana
House and Senate districts representing Duneland.
An updated list of
candidates will be released by the Secretary of State later today.
until 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, to withdraw from the primary races if they
until 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, to file challenges questioning the validity
of a candidacy.
Filing for School
board races will take place between July 23 and Aug. 22. School board
members will be voted on in the November general elections and not in the
Following is a list
of candidates who will appear on Duneland ballots.
indicated in parentheses. Bold indicates a contested primary race:
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
Harold S. Lush, Dave M. Reynolds
Judge of Superior
Court 4: David Chidester (inc.)
Trustee: Janice Meyer
Board: C. Diane Bates
Township Board: Robin E. Chubb
Trustee: Andrew P. Himan, Jr. (inc.)
Township Trustee: Suzanne Philbrick (inc.)
Committeemen: Liberty 1--Rudolph V. Sutton; Jackson 4--C. Diane Bates; Pine
1--Andrew P. Himan; Pine 2--Jessica (Hertaus) Reagor; Westchester 1--Leonard
N. Sullivan; Westchester 4--Larry Chubb; Westchester 8--Erik Kozuszek, Sr.,
Brian Chubb; Westchester 9--Paul W. Rausch; Westchester 11--Chad Huffman,
Raymond Poparad; Westchester 16--Dennis J. McCaffferty; Westchester 17--J.
Robert Casko; Westchester 18--Rebecca Rauch
Democrat: Jeremy Rivas (inc.)
Democrat: Don Ensign
District 1: Mark Leyva
Representative District 4: Ed Soliday (inc.)
Representative District 10: Major John W. Johnson
Commissioner: Nancy Adams (inc.), William A. LaFever, Jeff Good
Member District 1: Jim Biggs (inc.), Kyle Yelton
Member District 4: Anthony Pampalone
Jon Snyder (inc.)
Robert “Bob” Wichlinski (inc.)
County Clerk: Karen
Chuck Harris (inc.)
Attorney: Brian T. Gensel (inc.)
Jon C. Miller (inc.)
Judge of Superior
Court 1: Roger Bradford (inc.)
Judge of the
Circuit Court: Mary R. Harper (inc.)
Board: Judith Guernsey (inc.), Mark J. Jaeger
Trustee: Beth Underwood (inc.)
Board: (Vote for Three) Tim Cole, Jeffrey E. Larson, Jacquelyn M. Sterling
(inc.), Glenn Wiles (inc.)
Board: (Vote for Three) Tom Lipinski (inc.), Margaret “Peggy” Richardson
(inc.), Daniel Timm, Dianna L. Himan
Township Board: (Vote for Three) John Canright (inc.), Cheryl Evans, Sue
Huyser (inc.), Barbara J. Stroud (inc.)