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Kevin Cornett Fred Martin file for County offices; deadline Friday

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By LILY REX

It appears incumbent Porter County Commissioner Laura Blaney (D-South) will have a challenger in November: Republican Fred Martin has filed to challenge her.

Democrat Kevin Cornett has filed for an at-large seat on the Porter County Council. Incumbents County Treasurer Michelle Clancy and County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke remain unopposed.

So far, the only contested County race on the primary ballot is for North District Commissioner, where Republicans will have a choice between incumbent Jim Biggs and challenger, County Council member Jeff Larson.

In State filing business, Duneland State Representative Pat Boy (D-Michigan City) has filed to retain her seat representing District 9.

Democrats Jim Harper, Melissa A. Borom, and Ryan Farrar, and Republican Mont Handley are the latest candidates to throw their hats in the ring to replace retiring First District U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky in Congress.

Such are the highlights from the 2020 candidate filings as of deadline today.

Cornett wrote on his campaign Facebook page that he’s a 20-year resident of Valparaiso, small business owner, and retired member of the Local 150 Operating Engineers union. Cornett posted Friday that he’s honored to be running alongside incumbent at-large Democrats Sylvia Graham and Dan Whitten. “Dan and Sylvia have been on the council for many years and have done a great job leading our county. By me joining the slate, I bring a different perspective to add to theirs,” Cornett wrote.

Martin, 55, of Kouts, has formerly worked and volunteered in emergency services for decades and was the Deputy Director of the Porter County Emergency Management Agency from 2004 to 2012, according to a release Friday where Martin announced his candidacy.

Martin said in the release that he will prioritize attracting small businesses through incentives without increasing property taxes, modernizing County infrastructure, and “the development of a greater educated work force of Porter County residents.”

File by Feb. 7

Candidates have until noon local time Friday, Feb. 7 to file to run for office.

Generally, candidates must be registered voters residing in the district they seek to represent. Candidates for State Representative must be at least 21 years old. Indiana law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of or pleaded no contest to a felony from running for elected office.

Duneland candidates of the major parties running for local office are required to file with the Porter County Elections & Registration Office in suite 105 of the Porter County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso. Those filing for State, Federal, legislative, or judicial offices must file with the Indiana Election Division in Indianapolis.

Minor party, independent, and Libertarian candidates are not subject to the Feb. 7 deadline because they don’t appear on the primary ballot.

More information about running for office can be found at: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm

Republican Candidates

The following Republican candidates have filed so far.

County Offices:

--Incumbent Jim Biggs, North District Commissioner

--Jeff Larson, North District Commissioner

--Fred Martin, South District Commissioner

--Mike Brickner, at-large County Council

--Andy Bozak, at-large County Council

--Craig Kenworthy, at-large County Council

Federal and State Offices:

--Incumbent Edmond Soliday, District 4 State Representative

--Katrina Spence Smock, Judge of the Porter Superior Court No.1

--Mike Fish, Judge of the Porter Superior Court No.1

--Incumbent Mary DeBoer, Porter Circuit Court Judge

--Spencer T. Lemmons, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Mark Leyva, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--William “Bill” F. Powers, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Delano M. Scaife, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Dion Bergeron, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Mont Handley, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

Democratic Candidates

The following Democratic candidates have filed so far.

County Offices:

--Incumbent Laura Shurr Blaney, South District Commissioner

--Incumbent Dan Whitten, at-large County Council

--Incumbent Sylvia Graham, at-large County Council

--Kevin Cornett, at-large County Council

--Incumbent Kevin Breitzke, County Surveyor

--Incumbent Michelle Clancy, County Treasurer

Federal and State Offices:

--Debora “Deb” Porter, District 4 State Representative

--Ben Blohm, District 4 State Representative

--Incumbent Patricia “Pat” Boy, District 9 State Representative

--Incumbent Charles “Chuck” Moseley, District 10 State Representative

--Matt Soliday, Judge of the Porter Superior Court No.1

--David L. Chidester, Judge of the Porter Superior Court No.4

--Mitch Peters, Porter Circuit Court Judge

--Antonio “Tony” Dagget Sr., U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Maria Candelaria Reardon, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Jayson Reeves, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Scott Costello, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--John Henry Hall, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Sabrina Haake, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Frank J. Mrvan, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Jim Harper, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Melissa A. Borom, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

--Ryan Farrar, U.S. House of Representatives District 1

 

 

Posted 2/3/2020

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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