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Commissioner, sheriff candidates file; 2013 finance reports due Wednesday

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Porter County Center District Commissioner Nancy Adams officially filed her for reelection with the Voters Registration Office this morning.

Adams is currently unopposed on the Republican ballot for the May 7 primary elections but will face a Democratic challenger in the fall. County Council member Sylvia Graham has filed for Center District Commissioner on the Democratic ticket.

The Center District is the only Commissioner race in this yearís elections. The South and North Districts will be up for election in 2016.

Commissioners races are at-large races voted on by the entire county.

Starting this year, candidates are required by state law to submit a Statement of Economic Interest form with the candidacy declarations, disclosing employer information and officer positions in corporations, as well as giving the same information about their spouses.

Adams listed her employer as Porter County Government. She and her husband Russ Adams are former owners of Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso, which was sold to Luke Co. last year, but they still retain officer roles with Strongbow Turkey Inn Inc. and HRC LLC Hospitality, according to Adamsí statement of economic interests form.

Russ Adams is also affiliated with Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovators Restaurant Consultant, the form states.

Graham reported she is retired and had no economic interests elsewhere.


Also, last week saw a contested race on the Democratic ticket for County Sheriff. Shortly after David Reynolds filed his candidacy Wednesday, Harold Lush of Chesterton entered the race, filing for the office that is currently held by Democrat Dave Lain. Lain has served his limit of two consecutive terms as Sheriff and is not allowed to run for a third.

Lush did not list current employment but had previously worked security at Bethlehem Steel. Reynolds is affiliated with Genric USA Security Consultants, according to his statement of economic interest form. His wife is Director of Client Services for The Caring Place in Valparaiso.

Incumbents file

Filing his bid for reelection late last week was County Recorder Jon C. Miller, a Republican. He listed his employer as Porter County Government.

Also vying to keep his seat is County Coroner Chuck Harris, a Republican, who works for Bartholomew Funeral Home and SDG Global Security. He is also a member of C. Harris LLC Rental Properties and on the board of directors for Porter-Starke Services.

Liberty Twp. Board Member Jacquelyn M. Sterling, filed for a continuing term on the board as a Republican last week.


Meanwhile, the Secretary of Stateís Website started its list of filings for state and federal offices.

Locally, District 4 State Representative Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, filed for another term as did District 9 Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City.

Both men are unopposed in their races.

Also, the SOS reports U.S. Representative Indiana District 1 Pete Visclosky filed for a new term.

Finance Reports Due Wednesday

Voters Registration Democratic Director Kathy Kozuszek and Republican Director Sundae Schoon are also letting candidates and political groups know that Wednesday, Jan. 15, at noon is the deadline for 2013 year end campaign finance reports.

All active candidate committees, legislative caucus committees, and political action committees must file a CFA-4 form with the Voters Registration Office at 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, in Room 105.

Following is a list of candidates who have filed so far, who will appear on Duneland ballots.


U.S. Representative District 1: Pete Visclosky (inc.)

State Representative District 9: Scott Pelath (inc.)

Center County Commissioner: Sylvia Graham

County Sheriff: David Reynolds, Harold Lush

District Precinct Committeemen: Westchester 8- Erik Kozuszek, Sr.


State Representative District 4: Ed Soliday (inc.)

County Coroner: Chuck Harris (inc.)

County Recorder: Jon C. Miller (inc.)

Liberty Twp. Board: Jacquelyn M. Sterling (inc.)


Posted 1/13/2014