The talking’s over. Now it’s time to vote.
Indiana is holding its primary election on Tuesday. In Porter County the
polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
Remember to bring photo identification.
Because it’s a primary election, you’ll be asked at your voting place to
declare yourself either a Republican or a Democrat. You’ll then be given a
single-ticket ballot. In the general election in November, you may vote for
both Republicans and Democrats.
In the only Duneland-specific race, the one for the 1st District seat on the
Porter County Council, James Biggs and Kevin Tracy are vying for the
Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Bob Poparad, who is running
unopposed on the Democratic ticket.
Tracy would be a new face in county government. Biggs has previously served
eight years as Porter County North District Commis-sioner.
Tracy served in the U.S. Air Force as an operations intelligence analyst
working with the federal government on counterterrorism tactics. He pledges
never to vote for resolutions that utilize eminent domain and thinks the
county should have a policy that denies tax breaks or abatements to new or
existing heath facilities in Porter County unless they adopt a no-abortion
Biggs said he stands to address major issues facing Porter County without
the hassle of additional lawsuits.
However, Biggs has recently come out saying he is in favor of the current
council’s decision to appeal the RDA ruling once he heard the judge’s
comments that state lawmakers did not give the county a choice in joining
the regional entity.
“Any fair-minded individual would have to agree that a law of that size and
scope being passed downstate without any opportunity for input for the
public or local government, it counters exactly what the democratic process
is,” said Biggs.
Biggs also said that Poparad’s pledge of “no new taxes” has not been
honored. Tracy has said Democrats in Porter County have failed to provide
the county with good government.
Other Republican races:
•Porter County Assessor: Porter County Deputy Assessor Gail Hudson faces
certified state appraiser Jon M. Snyder.
•Porter County Recorder: Jon Miller, a computer network administrator
for the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, faces William A. LaFever, who’s in
•Porter County Coroner: Chuck Harris, a 14-year licensed funeral
director and five-year county deputy coroner, faces J. Clinkenbeard.
•U.S. Congressional 1st District: In a crowded race for the Republican
nomination to face Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky in
November, Adam A. Dombkowski, Ric Holtz, Mark Leyva, Peter Lindemulder III,
Eric L. Olson, Robert Pastore, and Jayson Reeves square off. Visclosky is
•U.S. Congressional 2nd District: Martin A. Dolan, Jack Edward Jordan,
Jackie Walorski, and Tony Hvfvgpd Zirkle vie for Republican nomination to
face Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly in November. Donnelly is
•U.S. Senate: Don Bates Jr., Richard Behney, Dan Coats, John Hostettler,
and Martin A. Stutzman vie for the currently open seat currently held by
Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, who opted not to seek re-election.
There are several high-profile races on the Democratic ticket, beginning
with the one for Porter County Sheriff. Incumbent Dave Lain is seeking
re-election but will have to fend off a challenge from 27-year PCSP veteran
W. “Chip” Yanta.
Lain points to the downward drop in the crime rate in unincorporated Porter
County under his tenure and to a continued presence of PCSP officers tasked
to two separate drug task forces.
Yanta, on the other hand, is basing his challenge on a the high rate of
fatal drug overdoses in the county and on a recent spike in suicides.
Other Democratic races:
•Porter County Auditor: In the other high-profile race on the Democratic
ticket, incumbent James Kopp will face Chesterton Tribune reporter
Vicki Urbanik for the nomination for Porter County Auditor. Kopp is running
for re-election on the strength of innovations in the office under his
tenure and on the on-time distribution of tax dollars to governmental units
in 2009. He has noted that systems were badly in need of modernization when
he took office in 2007. Urbanik is running on the strength of her 23 years
as a journalist specializing in governmental affairs and in particular on
tax and budget matters. Urbanik—who has Level II assessor
certification—points to a litany of problems in the issuance of property-tax
bills in recent years, including erroneous tax rate charts, incorrect
certified assessed values, miscalculated tax bills, and excessively late tax
•Porter County Recorder: Jon Voelz, a public affairs consultant and
former realtor, faces Debby Dean Malik, a certified Lake County deputy
•Porter County Coroner: Interim Coroner Robert Schulte—elected to the
office by caucus after the resignation of Vicki Deppe earlier this
year—faces challengers Ronald Reed, Billy J. Coker, Norm Hudson, and Nancy
•State Representative 3rd District: Long-time incumbent Charlie Brown
faces Merrillville attorney Bryan Bullock.