This week saw no
new filings for Porter County general election races, reported the County
Voters Registration Office.
incumbents were the first to file on opening day, Jan. 6, in the County
Council at-large races and the South County Commissioner race, but only one
Republican has filed in the first 10 days -- Chuck Harris for County
County GOP Chair
Michael Simpson however told the Chesterton Tribune today he “fully
anticipates” to fill the ballot with candidates by the time filing ends at
noon Friday, Feb 5.
“For all the races,
we have people who have expressed interest. They want to serve. We’ve also
sought out multiple individuals to see if they would be willing to run,”
The hesitation by
some potential candidates may be because of the “extensive vitriol”
expressed online over divisive issues, Simpson said.
Simpson said he is
asking Republicans to run their races with integrity and believes the
Democrats are pledging to do the same.
“I think in the end
it will be fine,” he said.
A Republican has
filed for U.S. Representative District 1. John Meyer, is a potential
challenger to longtime representative Democrat Pete Visclosky.
Below is the list
of candidates who have filed as of deadline today.
Representative, 1st District: Peter J. Visclosky (inc.)
Representative, 4th District: Pamela Mishler Fish
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
Kevin Breitzke (inc.)
Judge 3: Julia Jent (inc.)
Delegates to State
Convention: Jeffrey L. Chidester; Collin W. Czilli; Jesse Harper
Representative, 1st District: John Meyer
Representative, 4th District: Ed Soliday (inc.)