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GOP Party chair screening possible candidates for South County Commissioner

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Porter County Republican Chairman Michael Simpson told the Chesterton Tribune this morning his party is in the process of taking applications and holding interviews for persons interested in being the Republican candidate for South District County Commissioner.

According to the Indiana Election Division, party chairs have until Tuesday, July 5 to fill vacancies existing on the General Election ballot.

This year, there is a vacancy for Porter County offices in the Republican choice for South District County Commissioner. Incumbent Laura Shurr Blaney is the Democrat candidate.

Republican Director of the Porter County Voters Registration Office Sundae Schoon said the candidate would need to reside in Boone, Porter, Morgan or Pleasant Township, which comprise the district.

Even though the three Commissioners seats are separated by districts -- North, Center and South -- all voters in the county vote in every Commissioner race, regardless if they live in the district or not.

Simpson said that eligible candidates may contact him at or call (219)-465-1608 and leave a voicemail.

Judge race

Meanwhile, another vacancy on the ballot for Porter County is for the Republican candidate for Superior Court 3 Judge, to run against Democrat incumbent Julia Jent. Schoon said that it would be the state party’s responsibility to fill that vacancy and persons interested in that position should get in contact with state party officials.

The phone number for the headquarters is (317)-635-7561.

Independent candidates

Schoon also mentioned that July 5 is the deadline for independent or minor party candidates to submit petitions to be placed on the General Election ballot as well as candidates running in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th wards for Ogden Dunes Town Council.

Forms can be downloaded at

School Board races

The deadline for filing petitions for a candidacy on school boards is also coming up, July 27-Aug. 26.

Duneland will have two seats up for election this year in November -- the Jackson Twp. representative and one at-large seat.

Candidates will need to submit CAN-34 petition forms with 10 or more signatures from voters living within the school district.


Posted 6/21/2016





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