Primary Election Matchups Set As Filing Deadline Passes
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The races are set. Let the campaigning begin.
Friday at noon was the deadline for 2014 political candidates in Indiana to file their election paperwork. Those who filed will appear on the ballot for Indiana’s Tuesday, May 6 primary election.
For U.S. 6th District Congressman, Rising Sun attorney Lane Siekman will run against two women for the Democrat nomination. Susan Hall Heitzman and Corinne Nicole Westerfield each filed late last week. Republican incumbent Luke Messer will be uncontested in the primary and will face the winner of the three Democrats.
For Indiana state races, representatives Jud McMillin (R-District 68, Brookville) and Randy Frye (R-District 67, Greensburg) will each be uncontested in the Republican primary. McMillin is likely to face fellow Franklin County resident Democrat Rick Gill for District 68 in November. No Democrat filed in District 67 to challenge Frye.
Four people will vie for the Indiana Senate District 43 seat being relinquished by longtime State Senator Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg). Nugent has endorsed Perfect North Slopes namesake and owner Chip Perfect to succeed him. Other Republicans running are Ripley County Councilman Bill McDonald and Columbus resident Mark Schneider, all of 27-years-old. Rudy Howard, of Dearborn County, will run for the Democrat nomination in Senate District 43.
Sen. Jean Liesing (R-Oldenburg) did not file for re-election in Senate District 42, according to the Indiana Secretary of State Office’s Election Division. In fact, nobody has filed to take up the district seat.
Senate District 55 incumbent Cindy Ziemke has a relatively easy path to re-election. Nobody filed to run against the Republican from Batesville in either the May primary or November general election.
In Dearborn County, Sheriff Mike Kreinhop and Prosecutor Aaron Negangard are currently uncontested in both the May primary and November general election. There will be a November showdown for District 3 County Commissioner. Incumbent Republican Shane McHenry will face Democrat Aaron Watson.
Dearborn County Council will see one contested primary race. Incumbent Maynard Barrett will run against Vickie L. Hon for the party nomination to face Democrat Kevin Turner in November.
None of the Dillsboro Town Council nor Town Clerk-Treasurer races will be contested in the primary.
The race for Ripley County Sheriff has drawn a crowd, with current sheriff Tom Grills term-limited. Three Republicans – all with police experience – will seek the party nomination: new sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Rob Bradley, longtime Indiana State Police Trooper Jeff Cumberworth, and Versailles Town Marshall Joe Mann. Democrats Tim Sutton and Josh Thompson will face off for that party’s nomination.
Four Republicans are running for Ripley County Commissioner District 1, including Bill Flannery, Jay Gayheart, Bob Linville, and Stan Wiedeman. District 3 County Council’s Republican nomination will be between Chad Pindell and David Simon.
Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel will be uncontested.
In Ohio County, the race to replace term-limited Eldon Fancher as county sheriff is a busy one. Three Republicans in the race include Rising Sun Police Sgt. Frank McIntosh, Ohio County 911 Director Glen Potts, and Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy John Roberts. A former Republican sheriff, Francis Colen, has an easier path to November’s ballot because he switched parties and has filed as a Democrat.
Franklin County voters will be asked to decide from among three candidates for county sheriff. Incumbent Republican Sheriff Ken Murphy will try for a third term, but face a primary challenge from fellow GOP members Barry Bischoff and John Roberts, Jr.
Republicans in Franklin County will also have to select nominees for county commissioners. Republican incumbent Scott McDonough will face Eric Roberts in the primary for District 1 Commissioner. In District 2, incumbent Tom Linkel is opposed by M.P. Allen. Franklin County’s Democrats will have a choice amongst Chester Benton Ball and former sheriff Dale Maxie in Commissioner District 1.
The only Franklin County Council race contested in either May or November is District 4. Incumbent Aaron Leffingwell will seek re-election despite challenges from Curtis Ward and Jimmy Webb. Carroll Lanning is the only Democrat filed for District 4.