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In Chesterton one GOP race and one Democrat race on Tuesday

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Republican and Democrat voters in the Town of Chesterton will both have a choice in Tuesday’s municipal primary election.

But only Republicans will have a true choice.

That’s because one of the two Democrats on the ballot for nomination to the 3rd District seat on the Town Council has withdrawn his candidacy.

On the Democrat Side

Voters who pull a Democrat ballot will see only one contested race: that between Brian Mulholland and Calvin Chubb for the 3rd District seat currently held by Republican Nick Walding. But Chubb told the Chesterton Tribune in an e-mail on April 7 that unanticipated commitments made his candidacy untenable. “I’m fully endorsing my opponent in this election and wish him luck in the fall election,” Chubb wrote in the e-mail.

Mulholland, 26, is a dispatcher for Reliable Transportation, a volunteer firefighter with the Porter Fire Department, and a precinct committeeman for Westchester 12 who’s interested in making Chesterton more congenial for small business—he’s no fan of big boxes—and who would like to see the town capture more tourist dollars.

“I’m relatively new to politics,” Mulholland told the Tribune. “I haven’t really tested my feet yet. But I’m a quick learner. I like to think I make good decisions. I put everybody else’s best interests at heart. . . . I’m relatively young. I can bring a fresh pair of eyes to any problems or situations we have here.”

On the Republican Side

Voters who pull a Republican ballot will likewise see only one contested race: that between incumbent Emerson DeLaney and challenger Tristan Ziska.

DeLaney, 56, is the store manager at Hopkins Ace Hardware. He’s seeking his second term on the council, previously served a term on the Board of Zoning Appeals, and points to the current council’s achievements: the friendly annexation of around 140 acres on both sides of Ind. 49 south of the Indiana Toll Road; the creation of a new tax increment financing district to fund the installation of utilities along the Ind. 49 corridor; the appointment of a Town Manager and new Fire Chief, Police Chief, and Building Commissioner.

“The current council has done a lot of good things for our community,” DeLaney told the Tribune. “We meld well together. And with the moneys we are entrusted with, we have been able to accomplish a lot, with parks, infrastructure, the future of our community. I want to see that through.”

Ziska, 25, is an IT systems coordinator for QSRSoft in Chesterton. Ziska is basing his candidacy on his newcomer status. “What I’m bringing to the table is a fresh view, something new,” he told the Tribune. “The framers of the Constitution thought it was important enough that we get a fresh face in every four years. Why not the same thing here? Same idea, let’s try something new.”

Ziska—who moved to Chesterton from Chicago in December 2010—would like to focus on economic development with an emphasis on small business in the Downtown. He also expressed his dissatisfaction with the frequency of road and utility work in Chesterton.

Unopposed

The other four incumbent members of the Town Council are running unopposed for their party’s nomination: Republican Jim Ton for the 1st District seat; Republican Jeff Trout for the 2nd District seat; Republican Nick Walding for the 3rd District seat; and Democrat Sharon Darnell for the 4th District seat.

Clerk-Treasurer and Republican Gayle Polakowski is also running unopposed.

 

 

Posted 5/2/2011

 

 

 

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