The official start
of filing for the 2016 Porter County elections saw no new faces as County
Commissioner Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South, and at-large County Council
members Dan Whitten and Sylvia Graham were first in line to file for
The filing period
began at 8:30 a.m. this morning at the County Voter Registration Office.
The deadline to
file for the primary elections is noon on Friday, Feb. 5.
Whitten and Graham,
both Democrats, said they wish to continue the work the Council is doing now
such as setting up the new non-profit community foundation.
“We have some
unfinished business that needs to get done,” Whitten said.
Graham said she
enjoys serving as an elected official and is excited that with the interest
the Council hopes to make by investing the hospital sale proceeds into the
Foundation, projects long talked about will be possible.
Whitten is seeking
his fourth term while Graham is running for her third.
filed for her re-election to a second term as Commissioner. She prepared a
statement listing her accomplishments and activities over the past four
years such as helping secure park land in the south half of the county,
moving plans forward on building a new Animal Shelter and retooling
operations at the Memorial Opera House that led to its financial solvency.
“Porter County has
more potential than perhaps any other county in the state. We have the right
location, resources and the right people. I want to continue as Commissioner
to ensure we maintain our character while we grow, and to further increase
the quality of life for our citizens. The future of Porter County is very
exciting,” Blaney said.
The South and North
District Commissioners seats are up for reelection this year as well as all
three County Council at-large seats. The County Treasurer and County
Surveyor are also on the ballot this year.
Kevin Breitzke, a Democrat, filed for re-election this morning and, in what
may be the biggest surprise in the filings so far, current County Coroner
Chuck Harris, Republican, filed to run for County Treasurer.
Harris told the
Chesterton Tribune this morning that he has always had an interest in
finance and felt that with his accomplishments in the Coroner’s office since
2010, this would be a good time to make a transition.
“I look forward to
another campaign and the new challenges if I were to be elected,” said
Harris. The current Treasurer is Michelle Clancy, who as of the Tribune’s
deadline today had not filed.
How to file
Democrats interested in running for public office will need to complete a
State Forms CAN-2 (Declaration of Candidacy for Primary Nomination) and
CAN-12 (Statement of Economic Interests). Both are available at the Voters
Registration office -- 155 Indiana Ave., Room 105, in Valparaiso -- or on
the Indiana Secretary of State’s website,