The big news from
Porter County Voter Registration today, as the deadline for filing expired
at noon: John Evans did not file for re-election to the Board of County
Jeff Trout, the
Chesterton businessman and former Town Council member who hopes to succeed
Evans, will have to get past not only John Cannon but Chesterton’s Jim Biggs
to do so.
Biggs--who currently holds the 1st District seat on the Porter County
Council and who previously served two terms as Commissioner--filed for the
Republican nomination for the North District seat.
The winner of that
three-way primary race will face Democrat Jeffrey L. Chidester in November.
in the Board of Commissioners is, however, limited to the North County seat.
No Republican has filed for the South County seat, currently held by
Democrat Laura Blaney, who is running unopposed for the nomination.
The other news, big
enough in its own right: two more Republicans have joined the three who
already filed for the three at-large seats on the County Council: Jeff
Larson of Chesterton and Howard O’Connor of Hebron. They’ll be running
against Travis Gearhart, Ralph G. Levi, and Rich Parks. The winners of that
pick-three race will face the three Democrat incumbents in November: Syliva
Graham, Robert Poparad, and Dan Whitten.
saw a Republican filing for County Surveyor: Chesterton resident and
business owner Bill Rensberger, who previously ran for the office in 2012.
He is unopposed in the primary and will face incumbent Democrat Kevin
Breiztke in November.
The Democrats do
have a contested race for the bench in Porter County Superior Court 3:
incumbent Judge Julia Jent is being challenged by attorney Michael Deppe.
Democrat voters in
the 4th District of the State House of Representatives--which includes part
of Liberty and Jackson townships--will have a second contested race: this
one pitting Jesse Harper against Pamela Mishler Fish for the privilege of
running against incumbent Repblican Ed Soliday.
developments, a ninth candidate entered the race for the Republican
presidential nomination on Thursday: Carly Fiorina. Meanwhile, three
Republicans are seeking the nominatinon for a seat in the U.S. Senate: Eric
Holcomb, Marlin Stutzman, and Todd Young.
Democrats have a
much less crowded race for president with only two candidates on the ballot:
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Today was also the
deadline for Republicans and Democrats hoping to be elected delegates to the
state convention to file their candidacy. Democrats are voted on at-large
with up to 73 delegates while the Republicans are chosen by a limited number
of delegates per township.
contested races in bold--is the final list of candidates who will appear on
Duneland ballots in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3, barring any
last-minute withdrawals. Note: candidates wanting to withdraw their names
have until 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, to do so.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders.
U.S. Senator: Baron
Representative, 1st District: Peter J. Visclosky (inc.).
Governor: John R.
Representative, 4th District: Jesse Harper; Pamela Mishler Fish.
Representative, 9th District: Scott Pelath (inc.).
Representative, 10th District: Chuck Moseley (inc.).
Commissioner, North District: Jeffrey L. Chidester.
Commissioner, South District: Laura Shurr Blaney (inc.).
at-large (pick three): Sylvia Graham (inc.); Robert Poparad (inc.); Dan
Michelle Clancy (inc.).
Kevin Breitzke (inc.).
Superior Court 3
Judge: Michael L. Deppe; Julia Jent (inc.).
Delegates (up to 73): Mike Adams, Rebecca Adams, Ferdinand Alvarez, Lisa
Beck, Vernon Beck, Geof Benson, Laura Shurr Blaney, Jeffrey L. Chidester,
Larry Chubb, Brendan Clancy, Billy J. Coker, Kevin L. Cornett, Robert
Cotton, Collin W. Czilli, Jerome Davison, Kim Ilene Eldridge, Pamela Mishler
Fish, Debra E. Fray, Matthew (Matt) Gibson, Jennifer Grawcock, Jesse Harper,
Jane M. Jordan, Kurt Jordan, Joseph A. Kasper, Deborah Kerr-Cook, Kathryn
Kozuszek, Sue I. Lynch, Dennis J. McCafferty, Elaine J. McCafferty, Charles
“Chuck” Moseley, Juanagene A. Nietert, Clay M. Patton, Betty J. Rausch, Paul
W. Rausch, Kris Richmond, David Smith, Dan Charles Stevenson, Lola Ann
Stevenson, Rudolph V. Sutton, Karen Tallian, William Vasquez, Vicki Urbanik-Randall,
U.S. President: Jeb
Bush; Ben Carson; Chris Christie; Ted Cruz; Carly Fiorina; John R. Kasich;
Rand Paul; Marco Rubio; Donald J. Trump.
U.S. Senator: Eric
Holcomb; Marlin Stuzman; Todd Young.
District: John Meyer.
Representative, 4th District: Ed Soliday (inc.).
Commissioner, North District: Jim Biggs, John M. Cannon, Jeff Trout.
Commissioner, South District: none.
at-large (pick 3): Travis Gearhart, Jeff Larson, Ralph G. Levi, Howard
O’Connor, Rich Parks.