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Election filing for 2014 kicks off Wednesday morning

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At 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, candidate filing for the 2014 elections will begin in the Porter County Voters Registration office.

Citizens interested in running for public office will need to complete a State Form CAN-2 (Declaration of Candidacy for Primary Nomination) and CAN-12 (Statement of Economic Interests) available at the Voters Registration office or on the Indiana Secretary of State’s website,

All forms need to be signed by a notary in order to be accepted. Directors of the Voters Registration office, Democrat Kathy Kozuszek and Republican Sunday Schoon, are designated notaries and can certify forms along with a photo ID confirmation.

Kozuszek said the CAN-12 forms are a new requirement this year and it must also be notarized and filed at the same time as the CAN-2 form.

Those filing to be a Democrat precinct committeeman or a state convention delegate will not need to file a CAN-12 form however.

The Porter County Voters Registration Office is located on the bottom level of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, Room 105.

The filing period runs through Friday, Feb. 7 at noon.

Candidates running as independent will need to file a petition of nomination for local office, or CAN-19, which requires a certain number of valid signatures, as well as completing a CAN-12.

It is also the first day individuals may file registration as a state convention delegate and a Democratic Party precinct committeeman (CAN-37).

Filing for school board races will start later in the year, in July. There are no races for school board in the May 6 primary elections but there will be for the general elections in November.

Those wanting to run for state-level offices, such as governor, need to be filed with state offices.

Those filing for candidacy for offices that pay a yearly compensation of $5,000 or more, or if the candidate is expected to take in or spend more than $500 on a campaign, will also receive a packet on the state’s election laws and calendar, Kozuszek said.

Voters in Porter County will elect individuals to the following offices:

U.S.: United States House of Representatives, District 1.

Indiana: Secretary of State, Auditor of State, Treasurer of State, Indiana State Senate District 4, Indiana House Representatives (all seats are up for vote)

County and Local: County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Judge of the Circuit Court, Judge of Superior Court 1, Judge of Superior Court 4, County Sheriff, County Auditor, County Prosecutor, County Recorder, County Coroner, County Assessor, Center District County Commissioner, County Council District Representatives, Township Trustees, Township Board members, Democratic and Republican state convention delegates and Democratic Party precinct committeemen.

Voter registration is going on now and can be done at the county’s voter office or by visiting Voters must be registered by Monday, April 7 in order to cast their ballot in the May primary.

Registration will reopen on Tuesday, May 20 for the General Election.



Posted 1/7/2014.