One thingís certain even before Tuesdayís primary election: there will be a
new Porter Town Council that takes office Jan. 1.
Incumbent first-term Republicans Jon Granat in Ward 2 and Dave Babcock in
Ward 3 did not seek re-election. Two candidates --- Ron Bush and Rob Pomeroy
--- are vying to win the GOP nod to replace Babcock and represent Ward 3 in
Currently no council candidate has filed on the Democratic ticket for Ward
3; neither has one filed for Granatís Ward 2 district although Republican
Jeanine Virtue, unopposed Tuesday, seeks that seat.
A second contested Republican primary race pits Ward 1 council incumbent
Todd Martin against Ken Timm, the first time both men are placing their
candidacy before voters. Martin was selected by a GOP caucus of precinct
committeemen when he came to office in 2008.
Democrat William Cantrell will face the winner of the Martin/Timm race in
The Democrats have a primary contest of their own Tuesday. Greg Stinson
faces William Suarez for the Ward 5 seat. The winner will be opposed by
incumbent Republican first-term council member Michele Bollinger, who is
Two additional candidates are unopposed in primary voting. Elka Nelson, a
Democrat, seeks to represent Ward 4, and incumbent Republican councilman
Trevin Fowler hopes to retain his Ward 4 seat. He was selected by a GOP
caucus in 2010 to fill a vacancy.
Incumbent Porter clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy, a Republican, is seeking
re-election for another term. No Democrat has filed in that race.
In the contested races, Martin cites his experience and knowledge of ongoing
town projects and initiatives, and feels both the Gateway and Brickyard
projects will boost jobs, assessed valuation and tax revenue; he believes
the Park Department is a direct extension of the Town Council, and that the
town canít survive on a tourism future alone so growth and development must
Timm, in his seventh year on the town Plan Commission, says he is up to date
on current town issues and will always vote for what is in the best
interests of the taxpayers of the Town of Porter. He gives qualified support
to both the Gateway and Brickyard projects, and does not believe Park
Department employees should be under the Town Councilís direct supervision
rather than the Park Boardís.
Bush emphasizes his belief in timeless values such as trust and fairness. He
pledges to research thoroughly before making decisions, be proactive when it
comes to maintaining Porterís infrastructure, be a consensus-builder in a
town that has become too divided, and make a great town even better. Bush
says he needs to research whether park employees should be under council
Absolutely not, says Pomeroy regarding the latter option. He stresses
encouraging the businesses Porter already has, doing due diligence when it
comes to the Gateway and Brickyard projects, and listening to the public who
deserve transparent government. Pomeroy wants to steer Porter through coming
changes with minimal impact to maintain its unique qualities and
Stinson outlines his goals as leaving the Park Board to manage its own
employees, restoring civility and professionalism to the Town Council,
observing town code and state laws as required, finding ways to govern
smarter so essential services continue to be provided, reviewing spending to
divert resources where needed, and slowing the rush to fast-track the
Suarez did not respond to a Chesterton Tribune questionnaire.