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.
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.
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
Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer, Stephanie Kuziela (inc.); Chesterton 1st
District, Jim Ton (inc.); Porter Clerk-Treasurer, Zathoe Sexton.
Harbor Clerk-Treasurer, Jane Jordan (inc.); Chesterton 3rd District: Dane