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Filing kicks off election season

By JENNIFER PERYAM - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Wednesday marked the launch of the election season with 14 candidates filing for local offices at the Huntington County Clerk’s office. The candidates will participate in the May 8 primary. Winners of the primary election will represent their party in the Nov. 6 election.

Numerous local seats are up for grabs. They include circuit court judge and clerk, prosecuting attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff, surveyor, assessor, district 1 commissioner, four county council seats, township trustees and board members, and town council members in Markle, Roanoke and Warren. State convention delegates and precinct committeemen are also among the filings.

Candidates have until Feb. 9 at noon to file for seats. They can withdraw the following week on Feb. 12. 

Candidates can file Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Huntington County courthouse at 201 N. Jefferson St. The forms and information are available through the county clerk’s office. 

Pam Fowler, voter registration deputy, said filing was busy Wednesday.

“It was pretty busy. We had about 7 or 8 candidates in at one time first thing in the morning. It was sporadic throughout the day,” Fowler said. She said candidates have their own reasoning for filing. 

Republican candidates who filed Wednesday include circuit court judge, Jamie Groves; circuit court clerk, Rena Claus and Shelley Malone Septer; county auditor, Donald Schoeff Sr.; county recorder, Joe Blomeke and Vicki Pearson; county sheriff, Chris Newton; county surveyor, Jay Poe; county assessor, Terri Boone; county commissioner, district one, Rob Miller; county council fourth district, Don Davenriner; Dallas Township, trustee, Julie Newsome; Warren Town Council, Carrie Miller.

Democrat candidates include Huntington 5 Precinct Committeeman Doyle Krieg and state convention delegate 1 Doyle Krieg.

“We are excited because we anticipate a lot of people filing, and we are looking forward to an interesting primary,” said Huntington County GOP chair, Rise Buzzard.

Buzzard noted that voters will have the opportunity to meet various GOP candidates at several Republican Breakfast with the Candidates events planned throughout the campaign season. Dates include Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, and April 14. The breakfasts will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the VFW in Huntington. Reservations will be required.

The Huntington County Democratic Party did not as yet respond to inquiry about their potential candidates and plans to introduce them to the voters.

There are currently 23,543 registered voters in Huntington County. Fowler said that 16,413 voters voted in the 2016 election which represented a 63 percent turnout. Fowler said it was a record turnout because of the presidential election.

People can visit the county’s website at huntington.in.us under the elections tab to get updated information on filings. 

Look for in-depth information on all the candidates here in The Herald-Press as the campaign season progresses.