Walding will not be running for re-election to his 3rd District seat on the
Chesterton Town Council.
At the council’s
meeting Monday night, Walding announced his decision not to seek a second
full term. Walding, whose wife is expecting the birth of their first child
in May, said that he wants to spend more time with his growing family. He
also cited a possible move, in the next year or two, to a different house in
town, and conceivably into a different district.
Walding did say
that he “personally asked and encouraged” Republican Aaron Adcock to run for
the 3rd District seat and indeed last week Adcock filed his candidacy.
“I would strongly
encourage Chesterton residents to vote for Aaron in both the primary and
general elections and I give him my support,” Walding said. “I believe he
has the knowledge, skill, and dedication to tackle the challenges of this
office and to continue moving our town in the right direction.”
Walding was elected
by caucus in April 2010 to fill the 3rd District seat vacated by Dave
Cincoski’s appointment to Chief of Police. In 2011 he was elected at large
to a full four-year term.
“I strongly believe
that we have seen the Town of Chesterton make notable headway across several
fronts and it has been an honor to be a part of this progress thus far,”
“We’re going to
really miss your contribution,” said Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “You’ve been a
great council member.”
“Maybe I’ll be back
some day,” Walding replied.
As of 9 a.m. today,
only one other person in Duneland has filed his candidacy since Thursday:
Chesterton Town Council Member Lloyd (Buck) Kittredge Jr., R-2nd.
elected to his seat earlier this month by a GOP caucus, to fill the vacancy
created by Jeff Trout’s resignation in December.
Trout, for his
part, after leaving the 2nd District to move into a home in the 1st
District, is now challenging Ton for his seat.
The Slate So Far
In Chesterton: For Clerk-Treasurer, Stephanie Kuziela (inc.).
For 1st District, Jim Ton (inc.) and Jeff Trout. For 2nd District:
Lloyd (Buck) Kittredge Jr. For 3rd District, Aaron Adcock. For
5th District, Emerson DeLaney (inc.). In Porter: For
Clerk-Treasurer, Carol Pomeroy (inc.) and Zathoe Sexton.
Chesterton: For 3rd District, Dane Lafata. In Porter:
For 1st District, Erik Wagner. In Burns Harbor: For
Clerk-Treasurer, Jane Jordan (inc.).
As of this morning,
there have been no filings at all in either the Dune Acres or the Beverly
Shores municipal elections.
The window for
filing is slowly closing. The deadline: Friday, Feb. 6.