Shortly after noon
on Wednesday, the race for County Commissioner North District got underway
as Jeff Chidester filing his candidacy.
Chidester has been
the chair of the Porter County Democratic Central Committee for the past
eight years and has worked on many campaigns, although this is his first
time running for a County office.
resides in Portage Twp., said he is 18 months away from retirement as
financial secretary with Ironworkers 395 but still “has the energy to do new
As for his
aspirations if elected, Chidester told the Chesterton Tribune he
looks forward to sitting down with members of the Board of Commissioners and
County Council discussing their thoughts for the County’s future.
“I think we are on
the same page with a lot of things,” he said.
Chidester is the
first Democrat to run for the North County Commissioner seat since 2008. The
current seat holder is Republican John Evans who is finishing his fourth
No Republicans have
filed so far.
Poparad files for
This morning, the
Voters Registration Office reported that County Council at-large member
Robert Poparad filed his candidacy for a succeeding term on the Council.
That puts all three incumbent at-large Council members on the ballot,
including Dan Whitten and Sylvia Graham who filed yesterday.
All three are
running as Democrats.
Poparad said he
wants to serve another four years to get the community endowment fund
foundation started. The County Commissioners and Council are in the process
of forming a Foundation to invest the nearly $160 million in funds from the
sale of the county owned Porter Memorial Hospital and achieve a bigger
return on investment.
“Let’s get that
going,” said Poparad, who sits on the committee working with the Council’s
Other incumbents at
the national and state level who filed Wednesday to appear on the ballots
Duneland voters will cast include longtime U.S. Representative Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, and State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage.
Wednesday was the
first day for candidate filing for the May primary elections. The filing
period runs through Friday, Feb. 5.
Below is the list
of candidates who have filed as of deadline today.
Representative, 1st District: Peter J. Visclosky (inc.)
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.)
Delegates to State
Convention: Jeffrey L. Chidester; Collin W. Czilli; Jesse Harper