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And they're off: Kuziela, Ton, Lafata, Z. Sexton, Jordan file in town races

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A handful of folks braved Wednesday’s extreme cold to be among the first candidates to file for office in this year’s municipal elections.

Yesterday marked the first day for residents to declare candidacy for the Republican and Democratic primary elections in May, or as independents or minor-party candidates for the general election in November.

In Chesterton, Clerk-Treasurer and Republican Stephanie Kuziela filed her candidacy. This will be Kuziela’s first time running at large in a town election, as she was chosen by a GOP caucus to succeed longtime Clerk-Treasurer Gayle Polakowski, who retired in December 2013.

There were also two filings for Chesterton Town Council. The first: incumbent Republican Jim Ton filed to defend his 1st District seat. The second: Democrat Dane Lafata-who currently sits on the Tax Abatement Advisory Committee-filed for the 3rd District seat held by Republican Nick Walding. As of this morning, Walding had not filed.

In the Town of Porter, former Park Board member and Republican Zathoe Sexton filed for Clerk-Treasurer. Sexton is the only person, as of deadline today, to file in a Porter race.

And in the Town of Burns Harbor, Clerk-Treasurer and Democrat Jane Jordan has filed for re-election. Jordan is the only person, as of deadline today, to file in a Burns Harbor race.

Nor had any candidates yet filed in the Town of Dune Acres.

Folks who wish to run for office in the primary election have until 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, to file their candidacies at the Porter County Voters Registration Office, 155 Indiana Ave., Room 105.

Below is a list of candidates so far from the Duneland area. Incumbents are indicated in parentheses:

Republican: Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer, Stephanie Kuziela (inc.); Chesterton 1st District, Jim Ton (inc.); Porter Clerk-Treasurer, Zathoe Sexton.

Democrat: Burns Harbor Clerk-Treasurer, Jane Jordan (inc.); Chesterton 3rd District: Dane Lafata.



Posted 1/8/2015