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Owen County ‘10 Primary Election Candidate List On Tap For Review

Voter Registration Will Close Monday, April 5 To Update Or Register
Staff Report

Voting for the May 4, 2010 primary election can officially begin on Monday, April 4 at the Owen County Clerks Office and run through the month of April for various offices throughout Owen County government.

On Monday, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, Indiana’s chief election officer, urges Indiana voters to be aware of the Monday, April 5 deadline to register or update their registration for the upcoming primary election. Voters who have moved since the last election must update their information by this deadline. “I hope everyone eligible to vote in Indiana this year will exercise their right to do so, starting with the May 4 primary,” said Secretary Rokita. “The first step in fulfilling this civic duty is to register, either as a new voter, or if your registration needs to be updated for any reason. Now is the time.” Anyone not registered to vote may register in person at his or her county voter registration office, county clerk’s office, or any Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch. Voters may also mail in their registration form, which can be printed from www.indianavot- ers.com. Mailed in registration forms must be postmarked by the same April 5 deadline.

For the position of Owen County Prosecuting Attorney, Republican party candidate and incumbent Don VanDerMoere will be unopposed in the primary. On the Democratic party ticket, current Owen County Deputy Prosecutor David Gohn will compete for votes against local defense attorney Kristin Szczerbik of Cataract.

In the race for Owen County Clerk, Democratic candidate Linda Roy will be unopposed in the primary. Vying for the Republican party ticket will be Jeremy Sublette and Jeffrey Brothers.

Three Democratic party candidates will compete in the primary for the position of Owen County Recorder. Those three include John Ciresi, D.J. Bault and Mary Wheeler. Republican Peggy Robertson will be unopposed.

Owen County Treasurer Tami Snodgrass will likely do little campaigning for the Democratic party, as she will be unopposed in the primaries with no Republican candidate filing.

In the race for Owen County Sheriff, Democratic incumbent Chester ‘Pudge’ Richardson III will be opposed by former Sheriff Harley Melton. On the Republican ticket, Gosport Town Marshal Steve Williams will square off against Eric Frey.

For Owen County Coroner, Republicans Stan Frank and Rick Landes will vie for their party’s ticket, while Steve Pedigo will be unopposed on the Democratic ticket.

For Owen County Surveyor, each party has one candidate, with Democrat Gib Tucker and Republican David Meier.

Republican incumbent Kenny Anderson will run unopposed for his Owen County Assessor duties, while no one from the Democratic party filed.

For the spot of Owen County Commissioner for District 1, Democrat Steve Mader will be unopposed on his party’s primary ticket. However, six will hash out who will face Mader from the Republican ticket. Republicans Bob Morris, Barron Barnett, Donnie Minnick, George Eaglin, Reese Nichols and Wayne Burdett have filed for candidacy.

In the race for Owen County Council seats, District 1 incumbent Republican Nick Robertson is unopposed with no Democrats filing, while District 2 incumbent Democrat Anton Neff is also unopposed, with no Republicans filing.

In District 3, Republican Chuck Hess will be unopposed, while Democrats John Hunter and Lisa Kelley will vie for the Democratic nod.

For District 4, Republican incumbent Patty Steward will be unopposed, while Democrat Brian Crowe will also run unopposed on his party’s primary ticket.

In the three races for Spencer- Owen School Board, District 5 will see incumbent Sonia Brinson face Jack White and Jared Myers.

In District 2, incumbent Larry Hight will compete for votes against Dick Ranard.

For District 3, incumbent Tom Abrell will square off against Lonnie Boyce.

In races for township trustees and advisory boards, Clay Township has received filing from Democrat Karen Freeman, who will be unopposed with no other candidates filing.

Republicans Kevin Ooley, Donna Daniel and Julie Hickam have all filed for a position on the advisory board.

In Harrison Township, Republican Bob Janke has been the only candidate to file for trustee, while Republicans Carole Watson and Betty Shearer Jordan have filed for the advisory board, along with Democrat Delores Ringler.

Jefferson Township received intentions from just one trustee candidate in Democrat Mary Frances Hochstetler, while Democrat David Smith, and Republicans Betty Martin and Sue Collins have filed for the advisory board.

In Lafayette Township, Democrat Lois Bixler was the only candidate to file for trustee, as Republican Kenneth Sebastian and Democrat Damon Summerlot have filed for advisory board.

In Montgomery Township, Republicans Michael Gibson and Sue Carpenter will face off for the right to run for the position of township trustee, while Democrat Frank Broniszewski and Democrat Douglas Carpenter have filed for the advisory board.

Taylor Township saw just one candidate file for trustee and advisory board, with Republicans Mark McCammon filing for trustee and Wiley Truesdel filing for advisory board.

In Wayne Township, Republican Kyle Hall will run unopposed on his party’s ticket for trustee, while Democrat Phyllis Hoadley, and Republicans Richard Eder and Debra Wampler will run for advisory board.

Franklin Township received filing from Republican Leroy Gentry for trustee, while Democrat Nancy Deal and Republicans Peggy Query, Denise Jenkins and Anthony Voelker have filed for advisory board.

In Jackson Township, Democrat Gandy Paris was the lone candidate to file for trustee, while Republicans Angela Frank, Bonnie Cummins and Robert Cummins have filed for the advisory board.

In Jennings Township, Republicans John Thurston and Susan Nichols will face off for the right to run for trustee, while Democrats Karen Snyder, Nathan Mader and Don Meek have filed for advisory board.

In Marion Township, Democrat James Elliott has filed for trustee, while Republicans Jennifer Abrell, Emma Rentschler and Janice Vaughn have filed for advisory board.

In Morgan Township, Republican Patricia Flowers has filed for trustee, while Republicans Rebecca Pinkerton and Tina Jackson, and Democrat Lloyd Lucas have filed for advisory board.

Washington Township will see Democrats Karen Rawley and Charles Nanny face off for their party’s nomination for trustee, while Republican Patty Edwards will serve as her party’s only candidate. Democrats Lois West, Phyllis Tucker and Ed Coleman, along with Republican Daniel Browning have filed for advisory board.

For Indiana State Senate, District 39, Republican incumbent John Waterman will face Ron Boger on their party’s ticket, while Democrat Steven Thais will run unopposed.

For State Representative, District 46, Republican Bob Heaton will run unopposed, as will Democrat Charles Toth.

For State Representative, District 47, Republican incumbent Ralph Foley was the only candidate to file.

In a highly heated race for United States Congress, District 8, Democrat incumbent Brad Ellsworth has filed, with six Republicans looking to face him in November. Republicans filing were Spencer’s Kristi Risk, Larry Bucshon, Billy Mahoney, John Snyder, Steve Westell and Dan Stockton.

For the position formerly held by Senator Evan Bayh (D), Republicans Donald Bates, Richard Bahney, Dan Coats, John Hostettler and Marlin Stutzman will face off for their party’s nomination. No Democrats filed before the deadline, meaning the Indiana Democratic Party will choose a nomination for the November election.

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