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How to file for town council and clerk-treasurer seats

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Candidate filing is underway for town council and clerk-treasurer positions. The deadline to file is noon local time on Friday, Feb. 8.

How to File:

Major Parties

Candidates from the major parties must file two forms: a CAN-42, declaration of candidacy, and a CAN-12, statement of economic interests. These forms should be turned in to the Porter County Clerk’s office at the County Courthouse, 16 Lincolnway, Suite 209, Valparaiso, no later than the posted deadline.

The Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. County Clerk Jessica Bailey has announced that notaries will be available in her office Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 15 notaries will not be available.

Bailey advises candidates to use the north entrance to the Courthouse and be mindful of the ongoing construction and potential for difficulty parking around the building. Those entering the courthouse cannot bring in electronic devices and are subject to a security screening.

Libertarians and Others

According to the 2019 Indiana Candidate Guide, Libertarian candidates do not have to file the CAN-42 because they will be nominated by party town conventions hosted by the party’s state committee. Unlike other minor parties the Libertarians have an automatic ballot spot due to getting more than 2 percent of the votes in a statewide election. Unlike the major parties, Libertarians due not participate in the primary elections in May.

Other minor party or independent candidates must file three forms: CAN-45, written consent to become a candidate, CAN-44, petition of nomination, 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. The Voter Registration Office will determine the registration status of each petition signator.

These candidates have until noon local time on Monday, July 1 to submit their CAN-45 and CAN-44 to the Voter Registration office, 155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 105, Valparaiso, for verification. Once the petition is certified by the Voter Registration Office, candidates must file all three forms with the Clerk no later than noon local time on Monday, July 15.

Candidate filing forms can be found on the Porter County Website under “Candidate Filing Information” on the Elections page, which is at this link:

Who Can Run

In Towns with voting wards, candidates for town council seats can only run to represent the ward where they live.

Voting, however, is not by ward. All voters may vote for all wards, and all voters may vote for clerk-treasurer.

Chesterton has five wards, represented by Jim Ton in Ward 1, Lloyd Kittredge in Ward 2, Dane Lafata in Ward 3, Nate Cobbs in Ward 4, and Emerson Delaney in Ward 5. View a map of Chesterton wards at:

Porter has five wards, represented by Erik Wagner in Ward 1, Greg Stinson in Ward 2, Bill Lopez in Ward 3, Ross LeBleu in Ward 4, and Brian Finley in Ward 5. View a map of Porter’s voting wards here:

Ogden Dunes has five wards, represented by Scott Lehman in Ward 1, Nate Ball in Ward 2, Michael Webber in Ward 3, Carolyn Saxton in Ward 4, and Doug Cannon in Ward 5. View a map of Ogden Dunes’ voting wards here:

Towns with fewer than 3,500 people are not required by law to have wards, in which case, all town council members are elected at-large. In Burns Harbor, Dune Acres, Town of Pines, and Beverly Shores, all council members are at-large, so where candidates live in town is irrelevant.

Candidates for clerk-treasurer can be from any ward in towns with voting wards.

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 at least one year prior to the general election.

A candidate for office may be an employee of the same government unit he or she is running to represent, but must resign 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 seven 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, according to Indiana Code.

Find the 2019 Indiana Candidates Guide, and candidate filing forms, here





Posted 1/14/19




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