William A. LaFever
officially entered the Republican race for Porter County Center District
Commissioner this week, challenging incumbent Nancy Adams.
made a run in the 2010 Republican primary for County Recorder, losing to Jon
LaFever said on his
Statement of Economic Interests, which candidates are required to fill out
and submit with their declarations, that he is involved with sales for the
Home Depot retailer. His wife works as a teacher for the School City of
Whiting, the form said.
This is the first
contested County race for the Republicans and the second between the two
parties. The other is the Democratic race for County Sheriff, where Harold
Lush and David Reynolds will square off in the May 6 primary election.
member Sylvia Graham, D-At Large, has filed for Center Commissioner on the
Democratic side and so far is the only Democrat to do so.
County Prosecuting Attorney incumbent Brian Gensel, Republican, filed for
another term. He is currently unopposed.
The state offices
representing Duneland have not seen any new challengers emerge but one has
in U.S. Representative District 1.
Mark Leyva of
Highland filed his candidacy for the U.S. House seat on the Republican side,
hoping to challenge longtime Democrat incumbent Pete Visclosky in the
Leyva ran against
Visclosky unsuccessfully in 2010.
In the Duneland
township races, the pace of filings has slowed a bit but this week saw
Cheryl Evans enter as the second Republican candidate for the Westchester
Less than 10 days
of filing remain and so far no candidate has filed for the offices of County
Auditor, County Assessor, or any of the four County Council district races.
member Karen Conover, R-3rd, did publicly announce over the weekend her
intent to file for her district race but has not officially declared her
candidacy with the County Voters Registration Office.
The deadline to
file is Friday, Feb. 7 at 12 p.m.
for school boards will not take place until July 23. Those non-partisan
races will be voted on in the November general election.
Following is a list
of candidates who have filed so far and will appear on Duneland ballots.
Incumbents are indicated in parentheses.
District 1: Pete Visclosky (inc.)
District 4: Karen Tallian (inc.)
Representative District 4: Deb Porter
Representative District 9: Scott Pelath (inc.)
Representative District 10: Charles “Chuck” Moseley (inc.)
Commissioner: Sylvia Graham
County Clerk: Kathy
Dave M. Reynolds, Harold Lush
Judge of Superior
Court 4: David Chidester (inc.)
Jackson Twp. Board:
C. Diane Bates
Pine Twp. Trustee:
Andrew P. Himan, Jr. (inc.)
Trustee: Suzanne Philbrick (inc.)
Committeemen: Jackson 4- C. Diane Bates; Pine 1- Andrew P. Himan;
Westchester 8- Erik Kozuszek, Sr.
District 1: Mark Leyva
Representative District 4: Ed Soliday (inc.)
Commissioner: Nancy Adams (inc.), William A. LaFever
County Clerk: Karen
Chuck Harris (inc.)
Jon C. Miller (inc.)
Attorney: Brian Gensel (inc.)
Judge of the
Circuit Court: Mary R. Harper (inc.)
Jackson Twp. Board:
Judith Guernsey (inc.)
Trustee: Beth Underwood (inc.)
Liberty Twp. Board:
Jacquelyn M. Sterling (inc.), Jeffrey E. Larson, Tim Cole, Glenn Wiles
Pine Twp. Board:
Margaret “Peggy” Richardson (inc.)
Board: Barbara J. Stroud (inc.), Cheryl Evans