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May primary ballot starting to take shape

By JENNIFER PERYAM - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Filing for the May 8 primary ended Friday at noon at the Huntington County clerk’s office and around the state.

Filing began Jan. 10 for county and state offices. The general election is Nov. 6.

Pam Fowler, voter registration deputy, said there were only a few candidates who did last minute filing Friday, although there were quite a few on the first day of filing.

“Filing went smoothly this year,” said Fowler. 

There are 25,000 registered voters in Huntington County. People can still register to vote at the clerk’s office up until April 9 at 4:30 p.m.

“It is important for people to get out and vote. It is their civic duty and they should take advantage of it,” Fowler said.

Early voting begins April 10 at the Huntington County clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“To vote early, people need their driver’s license and to fill out forms at our office,” said Fowler.

Voters can see who’s on their ballot and vote early online via indianavoters.com.

 The Herald-Press will be interviewing candidates and running stories on them as the election season progresses.

Candidates who filed for offices according to the Indiana Secretary of State include:

U.S. Senator: Republican candidates are Mike Braun, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita. Incumbent Joe Donnelly is the lone Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Representative Third District: Incumbent Jim Banks appears on the Republican ballot. Three candidates will appear on the Democratic ballot: John Roberson, Tommy Schrader and Courtney Tritch.

State Senator District 17: Incumbent State Senator District 17 Andy Zay is the lone Republican on the ballot. Candidate Gary Snyder will appear on the Democrat ballot for that spot.

State Representative District 50:  Incumbent Dan Leonard has no challengers on the Republican ballot. Candidate Jorge Fernandez will appear on the Democrat ballot.

Candidates for local offices according to the Huntington County Clerk’s office, below, are all Republican. There are no Democratic candidates for local offices.

Circuit court judge: Jill M. Denman, Jamie Groves (incumbent), Davin Glen Smith, Justin R. Wall

Prosecuting attorney: Amy C. Richison (incumbent) 

Circuit court clerk: Rena E. Claus, Shelley Malone Septer

County auditor: Cheryl Deweese Baldridge, Jill M. Landrum, Donald D. Schoeff, Sr. 

County recorder: Joe Blomeke, Vicki Pearson

County sheriff: Christian E. Newton

County surveyor: Jay D. Poe (incumbent)

County assessor: Terri L. Boone (incumbent)

County commissioner 1st District: Rob Miller (incumbent)

County council 1st District: Todd Landrum (incumbent)

County council 2nd District: Kendall Mickley (incumbent)

County council 3rd District: Raymond Keith Eller (incumbent)

County council 4th District: Don Davenriner (incumbent), Kittie Keiffer

Huntington Township Trustee: Everett “EJ” Carroll, Carl Knowles

Huntington Township Board Members (3): John L. Baker (incumbent), Tim Guy, Tammy Kline (incumbent), Dane P. Owens (incumbent), John Paff

Jackson Township Trustee: Sheila Hines (incumbent)

Jackson Township Board Members (3): Wayne M. Fox (incumbent), Larry G. Lahr (incumbent), Steve Thomas (incumbent)

Clear Creek Township Trustee: Jay R. Hammel (incumbent)

Clear Creek Township Board Members (3): Eldon L. Bruner (incumbent), Richard W. Michel (incumbent), Roger L. Warner (incumbent)

Dallas Township Trustee: Julie Newsome (incumbent)

Dallas Township Board Members (3): Kyle Kitt, Eric J. Powell (incumbent), Katherine M. Yoder

Warren Township Trustee: Kathy Morton (incumbent)

Warren Township Board Members (3): Angie Landrum (incumbent), Lee J. Schmalzried (incumbent), Jack G. Sell (incumbent), Carl Zinsmeister

Union Township Board Members (3): William B. Armfield, Ron Goetz (incumbent), Neil R. Kline (incumbent)

Lancaster Township Trustee: Thomas J. Allred (incumbent)

Lancaster Township Board Members (3): Linda S. Couch (incumbent), Richard D. Keiffer (incumbent), Terry W. Updike (incumbent)

Jefferson Township Trustee: David Keller (incumbent)

Jefferson Township Board Members (3): Jon S. Smith (incumbent), Mark D. Vickrey (incumbent)

Polk Township Trustee: Gary Miller (incumbent)

Polk Township Board Members (3): Renee Eisenhauer (incumbent), Angie Tyner (incumbent), Matt Tyner (incumbent)

Wayne Township Trustee: Ashley Tinkle (incumbent)

Wayne Township Board Members (3): Kevin C. Killen (incumbent)

Precinct Committeeman (Democrat ballot only): Huntington 1: William R. Oswalt;  Huntington 4: Gary Beatty, Marvin R. McNew Sr.; Huntington 5: Doyle Krieg; Huntington 5A: Richard Douglas Mills; Huntington 6: Patricia McCloskey; Jackson 3: Roxanna Lucas Murray; Clear Creek 1: Paul Brammer

State Convention Delegates

Republican At-Large: Andy Zay, Terry L. Miller, Carrie M. Miller, Jim Wall, Tinisha Weigelt, Rise Buzzard, Larry D. Buzzard, Nancy Weigelt

Democrat At-Large: Doyle Krieg, Patricia McCloskey, Paul Brammer, Roxanna Lucas Murray, Kevin G. Murray, Marvin R. McNew Sr., Gary L. Snyder, Richard Douglas Mills

The local ballot may change to fill empty slots.

Breakfast with the Candidates

The Huntington County Republican Party will be holding the next “Breakfast with the Candidates” on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the VFW in Huntington located at 220 W. Park Drive. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m., with speakers to begin at 9 a.m. Featured speakers at this breakfast are US Senate candidate Todd Rokita, Circuit Court Judge candidate Davin Smith, County Clerk candidate Rena Claus, County Auditor candidate Jill Landrum, and Huntington Township Trustee Candidate E.J. Carroll.


This is the second in a series of five breakfasts to feature local and state candidates running on the Republican Party ballot in the May primary. Reservations are required for breakfast by contacting Rise Buzzard at 260-356-3849 or rbuzzard@cinergymetro.com no later than the end of the day Friday, February 16. Breakfast is $12, coffee only is $5, and to attend speaking program only is $3.