While filing at the county level is still in a slug, this week saw a spurt
of activity on the state level as many incumbents put in their bids for
All three Duneland state representatives -- Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, Chuck
Moseley, D-Portage, and Scott Pelath, D-Michigan -- have filed to run for
another term in office as did State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes.
State representatives serve two year terms while senators’ terms run for
This week also saw a Democratic challenger in Soliday’s district, educator
and Valparaiso resident Deb Porter. Porter previously ran for state senator
in 2012 against seat holder Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso.
According to the Secretary of State’s list of candidates, Porter County
Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper is running on the Republican ticket for
Her husband, Porter County Superior Court 4 Judge David Chidester, also
filed for another term as a Democrat.
Meanwhile, County Clerk Karen Martin, a Republican, filed to run for a
second term. No one else has filed for the post thus far although Voters
Registration Democratic Director Kathy Kozuszek announced in December her
intention to run as a Democratic challenger.
A Democratic challenger has entered the race for County Coroner, Chuck
Scheuer. According to his Statement of Economic interests, Scheuer works as
a funeral director and is associated with Rees Funeral Home Bradley Chapel
in Lake Station. His spouse works as a teacher in Portage.
This week also saw a spike in the number of candidates running for township
offices in Duneland, both for trustees and board member positions.
Democrats Westchester Twp. Trustee Suzanne Philbrick and Jackson Twp.
Trustee Janice Meyer filed for reelection. Also in Jackson, township board
member Republican Judith Guernsey is in the running to keep her spot.
Republican Barbara J. Stroud filed her candidacy for a continuing term on
the Westchester Twp. Board. Margaret (Peggy) Richardson, a Republican, filed
for reelection as a Pine Twp. Board member.
Meanwhile, the Liberty Twp. board now has three candidates running on the
Republican side. Incumbent Jacquelyn Sterling filed last week and recent
filings were made by Jeffrey E. Larson and Tim Cole.
Following is a list of candidates who have filed so far, who will appear on
Duneland ballots. Incumbents are indicated in parentheses.
U.S. Representative District 1: Pete Visclosky (inc.)
State Senator District 4: Karen Tallian (inc.)
State Representative District 4: Deb Porter
State Representative District 9: Scott Pelath (inc.)
State Representative District 10: Charles “Chuck” Moseley (inc.)
Center County Commissioner: Sylvia Graham
County Coroner: Chuck Scheuer
County Sheriff: Dave M. Reynolds, Harold Lush
Judge of Superior Court 4: David Chidester (inc.)
Westchester Twp. Trustee: Suzanne Philbrick (inc.)
District Precinct Committeemen: Westchester 8- Erik Kozuszek, Sr.
State Representative District 4: Ed Soliday (inc.)
Center County Commissioner: Nancy Adams (inc.)
County Coroner: Chuck Harris (inc.)
County Recorder: Jon C. Miller (inc.)
Judge of the Circuit Court: Mary R. Harper (inc.)
Jackson Twp. Board: Judith Guernsey (inc.)
Liberty Twp. Board: Jacquelyn M. Sterling (inc.), Jeffrey E. Larson, Tim
Pine Twp. Board: Margaret “Peggy” Richardson (inc.)