The Porter County
Republican and Democratic committees are looking for candidates to fill
ballot vacancies for the 2018 general election.
According to the
2018 Indiana Candidate Guide, ballot vacancies, openings that appear when a
party does not present a candidate for a given office during the primary
election, can be filled before the general election by the respective
parties in one of two ways: a caucus of party leaders can decide who to
nominate to fill the vacancy, or a representative of a party may be given
the authority to appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
In Porter County
this year, citizens interested in running for office to fill a vacancy must
be appointed by the chairman of their party, and they must be appointed
before noon on Saturday, June 30. Citizens wishing to fill a vacancy should
contact their party leaders now.
Chairman for the
Porter County Republican Central Committee is Michael Simpson. Chairman for
the Porter County Democratic Central Committee is Jeffery Chidester.
that he is already in talks with people who want to run to fill the
following Republican vacancies: Porter County Sheriff, Porter County Council
District 2, Jackson Township Trustee, and Westchester Township Trustee.
There are also two
Republican vacancies for the Westchester Township Board.
Those who are
interested in running to fill any of those vacancies should contact Simpson
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simpson reported that he will meet in
person with interested citizens to get a feel for their experience and
intentions. “I like to understand what their goals and aspirations are,”
he is only looking to fill one vacancy. He wants a Democrat to vie for
Porter County Council District 4.
vacancies are: Porter Superior Court Judge No. 6, Porter County Assesor,
Liberty Township Trustee, Westchester Township Board and Liberty Township
in running to fill a Democrat vacancy should call Chidester at (219)
712-8081. Chidester said he will check the voting records of interested
citizens and sit down with them to evaluate their qualifications.
on running for office can be found in the 2018 Indiana Candidate Guide. The
Guide and all candidate filing forms can be found at