Even though they
are unopposed in the May 3 primary elections, Democrats Jeff Chidester and
Sylvia Graham are gearing up stronger than any other candidates according to
the latest campaign financial reports.
from candidates and party committees were due last Friday in which they must
disclose contributions of more than $100, loans and expenditures from
January 1 to April 8.
Chidester, who is
chair of the Porter County Democratic Party, is the only Democrat running
for North District County Commissioner and reported a $33,350 total in
campaign contributions and expenditures
contribution to Chidesterís war chest is from Ironworkers Local 395 which
donated $10,000 directly to the campaign. The report also lists a $10,000
loan from Chidester himself.
works as a financial secretary for IWL 395.
Local law firms are
also some of Chidesterís major backers. Langer & Langer of Valparaiso gave
$1,000 while both Friedman & Associates of LaPorte and Rhame & Elwood of
Portage gave $500 each.
organizations and political action committees giving to Chidester include
IBEW Local 697 ($500); Northern Indiana Joint Operators #150 ($500);
Laborers Local 41 ($500); Laborers Local 81 ($500); Northwestern Indiana
Building and Construction Trades Council ($250); IBEW Local 531 ($250); USW
Local Union 12775 ($250); and Local 6787 Political Education and Legislative
to Chidester include Superior Construction Co. Inc. ($500) and The Ross
Group, Inc. ($250).
individual supporters, giving $300 or more, include Irene Chidester, of
Melbourne Beach, Fla. ($1,500); State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes
($500); County Council President Dan Whitten ($500); Robert Harper, of
Valparaiso ($500); Harold Harper, of Valparaiso ($500); Kellie Stankiewicz,
of Chicago ($350); and Mike Sommers, of Montrey, Ind. ($300).
Laura Blaney and State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, each gave $200 to
The one candidate
in the race for South District County Commissioner, incumbent Laura Shurr
Blaney, reported a cash-on-hand amount of $237 for the reporting period. The
Blaney for Commissioner report also lists a $13,000 debt to Blaney herself,
left over from her previous campaign in 2012.
Meanwhile, in the
contested race for the Republican North County Commissioner nomination,
candidate Jeff Troutís campaign total of $14,678 leads his primary opponents
John Cannon ($4,309 total) and Jim Biggs ($2,912 total).
T & P Development
of Chesterton gave $2,000 to Trout, who is a former Chesterton Town Council
individual donors include Peter Peuquet, of Bremen ($1,528); Anthony Vesh,
of Porter ($1,000); Stewart and Katherine McMillan, of Valparaiso ($1,000);
and Brandon Mulshire, of Chesterton ($500).
corporations for Trout include $500 from Bergland Beyond Building, of
Chicago, and Gariup Construction, of Gary.
Trout is the Committee to Elect John Evans with $1,000. Evans is the current
seat holder who chose not to run for re-election after his fourth term as
Trout also reported
more than $5,000 spent on mailing.
There is a
three-way tie for largest contribution in Cannonís campaign. Each giving
$1,000 are Chief Freight Lines Inc., of Portage, Northern Indiana Operator
Joint Management PAC, of Countryside, IL, and Marshall Enterprises, of
to Cannon include Thomas Pappas, of Portage ($250); Susan Resteau, of
Valparaiso ($100); and Drew Mitchel of Hinsdale, Ill. ($100).
donating to Cannon is SAR Development, of Portage, adding $500. A $100
direct donation is listed from Citizens for Snyder (Portage Mayor James
Biggs reported one
donation made by an individual -- Albert Steele -- of $250. A direct
donation of $125 to Biggsí campaign also came from a corporation, Kustom
Auto Body in Portage.
currently is the Duneland representative on the County Council, listed a
loan he made to his campaign of $2,505.
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In the race for
Porter County Council at-large, Democrat Sylvia Graham is leading with
$10,310 in reported contributions and expenditures.
received donation is from Ironworkers Local 395, at $1,000.
donors of more than $100 are Francis Saar, of Valparaiso ($250); County
Sheriff David Reynolds ($200), County Council President Dan Whitten ($200);
and Brendon Clancy, of Portage ($150).
Two law firms gave
to Graham -- Rhame & Elwood ($250) and Harper and Harper ($100).
Graham is receiving
help from labor organizations and political action committees such as
Steelworkers 6787 ($100); Northwest Indiana Building and Construction Trades
Council ($50); Laborers Local 81 ($100); Northwest Indiana Operators ($500);
Pipefitters 597 ($225); USW Local 12775 ($100); and IBEW Local 531 ($200).
The Committee to
Re-Elect Robert Poparad reported $0 as a total.
The Committee to
Elect Dan Whitten for County Council reported $3,012 in campaign
expenditures, largely for campaign signs, and $973 for cash on hand.
Voters can vote for
up to three candidates in the Porter County Council at-large race. Graham,
Poparad and Whitten, all three incumbents, face no challengers.
County Council -
On the Republican
side of the County Council at-large race five candidates are vying for one
of the three spots on the fall ballot.
Gearhartís report showed the most donations, with a total of $1,850 in
campaign contributions and expenditures.
top donors are Gregory Louthan of Portage, Mich. ($1,200); Amy Cunningham,
of Hebron ($100); Pete Blank, of Hebron ($100); Tracy Lickwar, of Valparaiso
($70); Jon C. Miller, of Chesterton ($50); Mike Stulac, of Hebron ($50); and
Gary Ludwig, of Hebron ($50).
Parks has listed $9,095 as his campaign total figure, $5,000 of which is a
direct loan from himself.
Levi reported a $100 donation he made to his committee. Candidates Howard
OíConnor and Jeff Larson reported a total of $0.
Other County races
this year include those for County Treasurer and County Surveyor.
The lone Republican
candidate for the Treasurer seat, Chuck Harris, reported $4,892 for his
campaign total with $3,500 in contributions. Those are comprised of a $2,500
donation by Stephen Harris, of Frankfort, and $1,000 from Harris himself.
Michelle Clancy, a Democrat, is unopposed for the primary and reported $0 as
her campaign total.
Kevin Breitzke, a Democrat, reported $100 in unitemized contributions and
receipts for his campaign.
candidate Bill Rensberger did not submit his campaign report before Fridayís