Some Have Options, Some Don’t In County And Local-Level Races
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – While most of the press goes to the race for president, elections much closer to home could have a more direct impact on your life.
Depending on where you live, you could be voting on county commissioner, council, recorder, treasurer, clerk of courts, or school board.
In Dearborn County, three Democrats are trying to upend three incumbent Republicans in the race for three County Council At-Large seats. The incumbents are Allen Goodman, Charlie Keyes, and Bill Ullrich. Challengers on the Democratic side include Andrew Addison, Timothy Brucz, and John Johnson.
All other county races in Dearborn County – from commissioner to judge of the circuit court – are uncontested with only Republicans running.
In Franklin County, incumbent Republican Tom Wilson is seeking re-election against Democrat Nathan Roger Mullins. Six candidates – three Republicans and three Democrats – go for three Franklin County Council At-Large positions. County Recorder and Treasurer races have two candidates. Two of three Brookville Town Council races are unopposed.
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Ohio County voters will choose from two of three candidates for two openings on Ohio County Council At-Large. They are Republicans Tammy Elbright and Rob Spurlock and Democrat Mark Guard.
Ripley County Commissioner in District 2 is a contested race between Republican Rodney Stratton and Democrat Chris Bruns. So is the county coroner contest between Republican Ronald Reynolds and Democrat Michelle LeAnn Cooksey. Bill Dramann is the only Democrat in the race for three Ripley County Council seats against Republican trio Mark Horstman, Bill Warren and Brenda Wetzler. Voters in the Town of Osgood must elect either Republican David Bultman or Democrat DeDee Holliday to the town council.
There are two contested races for county commissioner in Switzerland County. In District 1, Democrat Steve Crabtree is challenging Republican incumbent Josh South. District 2’s race pits Democrat Lane Armstrong against Republican Jerry Monjar. There is also a full selection of six candidates for Switzerland County Council At-Large. Republican Clinton Earls and Democrat Alicia Fritter are the choices for Switzerland County Coroner.
Most local school districts in southeast Indiana have contested races for school board. Those districts with at least one contested race include Lawrenceburg, South Dearborn, Sunman-Dearborn, Franklin County, Rising Sun-Ohio County, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, and Switzerland County.