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County election filings slow this week; Republican joins US Rep race

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This week saw no new filings for Porter County general election races, reported the County Voters Registration Office.

Democratic 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 Treasurer.

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,” Simpson said.

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.

Democrat Filings

U.S. Representative, 1st District: Peter J. Visclosky (inc.)

State Representative, 4th District: Pamela Mishler Fish

State Representative, 10th District: Chuck Moseley (inc.)

County Commissioner, North District: Jeffrey L. Chidester

County Commissioner, South District: Laura Shurr Blaney (inc.)

County Council, at-large (pick three): Sylvia Graham (inc.); Robert Poparad (inc.); Dan Whitten (inc.)

County Surveyor: Kevin Breitzke (inc.)

Superior Court Judge 3: Julia Jent (inc.)

Delegates to State Convention: Jeffrey L. Chidester; Collin W. Czilli; Jesse Harper

Republican Filings

U.S. Representative, 1st District: John Meyer

County Treasurer: Chuck Harris

State Representative, 4th District: Ed Soliday (inc.)


Posted 1/15/2016






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