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More contested races as deadline passes to file for town elections

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There was a mini flurry of 11th-hour candidate filings on Thursday and this morning, with two new contested races the result.

The deadline for withdrawing one’s candidacy is Monday, Feb. 9. One candidate already has.

And the Chesterton Tribune stands corrected in its coverage of the Burns Harbor filings, the deadline for which is not today but six months from today.

Those are the headlines.

Final Filings

The latest--and last--filings, as of today’s noon deadline:

* In Chesterton, Democrat Rory J. McMahan filed for the 3rd District seat.

* In Chesterton, Democrat Scot McCord filed for the 4th District seat, currently held by Democrat Sharon Darnell, who announced late last year that she would not be seeking re-election. McCord is a long-serving member of the Utility Service Board.

* In Chesterton, Republican Kevin Jakel filed for the 4th District seat.

* In Chesterton, Republican Nathan Cobbs also filed for the 4th District seat.

* In Porter, Democrat Ross LeBleu filed for the 4th District seat.

* In Porter, Republican Levi Louis Mele filed for the 1st District seat.

* In Porter, Republican Kimberly B. Fowler filed for the 4th District seat.

* In Porter, Republican Tim Conroy filed for the 5th District seat.

The Democrat Party failed to fill six of 12 slates: four in Chesterton and two in Porter.

The Republican Party failed to fill only one of the 12 slates: in Porter.

Contested Races

There will be a total of four contested races in the May 5 primary: three in Chesterton, one in Porter.

In Chesterton, Democrats Dane Lafata and Rory J. McMahan are squaring off for nomination to the 3rd District seat. That seat will be open, after the incumbent, Republican Nick Walding, announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election. A Republican, Aaron Adcock, has also filed for nomination to this seat and is unopposed.

Also in Chesterton, Republicans Kevin Jakel and Nathan Cobbs will vie for nomination to the open 4th District seat.

And finally in Chesterton, Jeff Trout is challenging incumbent--and his former colleague--Jim Ton for the Republican nomination to the 1st District seat. Trout held the 2nd District seat until his resignation in December, when he moved from his house in the 2nd District to a new one in the 1st.

In Porter, Zathoe Sexton is challenging incumbent Carol Pomeroy for the Republican nomination to Clerk-Treasurer.

A Withdrawal

and How to Do It

Republican Chris Swickard, who earlier this week filed for the 4th District seat on the Chesterton Town Council, has withdrawn his nomination. As the Tribune reported on Thursday, Swickard--a sworn Chesterton Police officer--would have been required under state law to resign from municipal employment had he won election to the Town Council.

Any other persons who wish to withdraw their candidacy--so that their names do not appear on the May 5 primary ballot--have until 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 to do so.

Withdrawing entails submitting a CAN 43 Municipal Election Candidate Withdrawal form to the Porter County Voter Registration Office, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso, Suite 105.

Form CAN 43 is available at the Indiana Secretary of State’s website at

Burns Harbor Town Conventions

Voters in the Town of Burns Harbor--with a population of fewer than 3,500--will not go to the polls on May 5 to nominate a slate of candidates for municipal office.

Instead--as the Tribune has unaccountably failed to report--in Burns Harbor the Democrat and Republican parties will each hold a “town convention” late this summer--but no later than Aug. 21--at which voters will cast ballots for Clerk-Treasurer and for the five at-large seats on the Town Council.

For that reason, the deadline for filing one’s candidacy is actually months away, at 12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

The filing process, however, is identical to that one used by candidates in larger municipalities: the submission of a CAN 42 Declaration of Candidacy form and a CAN 12 Statement of Economic Interests form, to the Porter County Voter Registration Office.

The Tribune regrets the mistake, noted in an e-mail by Town Council Member Greg Miller.

To date, there have only been two filings in Burns Harbor, both by Democrats: Jane Jordan (inc.) for Clerk-Treasurer; and Raymond G. Poparad for one of the five at-large seats on the Town Council.

The Slate

Chesterton Republican: For Clerk-Treasurer, Stephanie Kuziela (inc.). For 1st District, Jim Ton (inc.) and Jeff Trout. For 2nd District, Lloyd (Buck) Kittredge Jr. (inc.) For 3rd District, Aaron Adcock. For 4th District, Kevin Jakel and Nathan Cobbs. For 5th District, Emerson DeLaney (inc.).

Chesterton Democrat: For 3rd District, Dane Lafata, Rory J. McMahan. For 4th District, Scot McCord.

Porter Republican: For Clerk-Treasurer, Carol Pomeroy (inc.) and Zathoe Sexton. For 1st District, Levi Louis Mele. For 3rd District, Rob Pomeroy (inc.). For 4th District, Kimberly B. Fowler. For 5th District, Tim Conroy.

Porter Democrat: For 1st District, Erik Wagner. For 2nd District, Greg Stinson (inc.). For 3rd District, William Lopez. For 4th District, Ross LeBleu.


Posted 2/6/2015