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Candidates added to the field in Duneland races

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Two previously unopposed Duneland candidates now face challengers since Porter Countys major party chairmen filled ballot vacancies last week.

Per Indiana Code, Porter Countys respective Republican and Democratic party chairs had until Tuesday, June 30 to directly appoint eligible citizens to fill ballot vacancies in local races. All the proper paperwork had to be filed with the Porter County Clerks office, or State Election Commission for state representatives, by noon on Monday, July 6.

Incumbent District 9 State Representative Pat Boy (D-Michigan City) is now facing a challenge from Republican Dion Bergeron. Bergeron was a Republican contender for the District 1 U.S. House of Representatives seat in the recent primary.

Porter County Republican party chair Michael Simpson told the Chesterton Tribune that a Republican caucus on Saturday, June 27 picked Bergeron to challenge Boy for the seat.

Simpson reported he was unsuccessful in finding Republican candidates to face Democrat incumbents in the races for County Treasurer and County Surveyor.

Porter County Democratic party chair Jeffrey Chidester was not available for comment at deadline today, but Chidester apparently found a Democrat to challenge incumbent Republican County Commissioner Jim Biggs for the North district seat: Becky Mateja Lombardini will face Biggs in November.

Meanwhile, Libertarian candidates were nominated at party conventions, and the deadline for Independent and minor party candidates to submit petitions of nomination for verification of signatures was noon on Tuesday, June 30.

Ogden Dunes Town Council members, who typically run as Independents, were required to file their petitions of nomination by that date. Two seats are up for grabs on the Ogden Dunes Town Council this cycle, and one candidate has filed in each race: Karl Krizmanic in District 3 and Bernadette Brier Slawinski in District 4.

Assistant Director of Porter County Elections Becky Rauch reported this morning that no Independent or minor party candidates had filed in other County races.


Posted 7/8/2020




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