Candidate Filings Guarantee Sheriff’s Races in May and November


Starke County voters will narrow the field of nominees to replace term-limited Sheriff Oscar Cowen in May and select his replacement in November. Deputy William “Bill” Dulin is the latest candidate to file his intention to seek that office, according to a list provided to WKVI news by the Starke County Clerk’s Office late Friday afternoon. He will face Democrat Harold Smith in the May 6 primary. Republicans Billy Bope and Greg Wireman have also filed their candidacy for Starke County Sheriff.

Incumbent Starke County Assessor Rhonda Milner has also filed for reelection. She’s a Democrat and is the lone candidate for that office so far. Starke County Prosecuting Attorney Nicholas Allen Bourff also filed his candidacy for reelection with the secretary of state’s office. He’s completing his first term as prosecutor.

In Pulaski County, deputy prosecutor Blair Todd is seeking the Republican Party nomination for prosecuting attorney. So is former prosecutor and Winamac attorney Daniel P. Murphy. No other candidate filings from Pulaski County were provided to WKVI News as of the close of business on Friday, Jan. 24.

A complete list of candidates who have filed as of Friday, Jan. 24 is below. Candidates have until Friday, Feb. 7 at noon to file. WKVI news will update the list each Monday.

Starke County Candidates for Countywide Offices
Prosecuting Attorney – *Nicholas Allen Bourff (D)
Clerk of the Circuit Court – Vicki Cooley (D)
Assessor – *Rhonda Milner (D)
Auditor – *Katherine Chaffins (D)
Recorder – *Lisa Liedtky Minix (D)
Sheriff – Gregory Wireman (R);William Bope (R); Harold Smith (D); William “Bill” Dulin (D)
Coroner – Dannie Hoffer (D)
Starke County Commissioner District 2 – Nancy J. Dembowski (D); Donald Binkley (D)
Starke County Council District I – Talia Reed (R)
Starke County Council District 2 – Jennifer Davis (D); *Anthony “Tony” Radkiewicz Sr. (R)
Starke County Council District 3 – *David Pearman (R)
* Denotes Incumbent

Township Trustee
Center Twp. Trustee – *Julie Manns (D)
North Bend Twp. Trustee – Rutherford Byron Walters (R)
Oregon Twp. Trustee – *Mark Allen (D)
Railroad Twp. Trustee – *Roger Chaffins, Sr. (D)
Wayne Twp. Trustee – *Clara Schacht (D); Timothy Stites (D)
Washington Twp. Trustee – Terri Noonan (D)
* Denotes Incumbent

Township Advisory Boards (3 members per township)
California Twp Advisory Board – *Harrison Fields (D); *Michelle Albon (R)
Center Twp. Advisory Board – *Ben Warren (D); Diana Koenig (R); Bertha Blue (D)
North Bend Twp Advisory Board – *Paul M. Sellers (D); Samuel J. Bailey (R)
Oregon Twp Advisory Board – *Paul R Cleveland (D); *Carole Noble (D)
Railroad Twp Advisory Board – *August K. Eckert II (D); Mike Lawecki (R); Clarence Gehrke (R)
Wayne Twp Advisory Board – *Tom Griffo (D)
* Denotes Incumbent

Pulaski County Candidates for Countywide Offices
Prosecuting Attorney – Daniel P. Murphy (R); Blair Todd (R)
*Clerk of the Circuit Court – Tasha Foerg (R)
*County Assessor – Lorena H. “Holly” VanDerAa (R)
County Coroner – *Steven VanDerAa (R); Tracy Rossman-Bryson (R)
County Sheriff – Jeffery K. Richwine (R); Paul Grandstaff (D)
Pulaski County Commissioner District 3 – Bud Krohn, Jr. (R); Alex Haschel (R)
* Denotes Incumbent

Township Trustee
Monroe Twp. Trustee – Larry J. Winter (D)
White Post Twp. Trustee – Karen S. Wagner (R)

Township Advisory Boards (3 members per township)
White Post Twp. – Sandra L. Beiswanger (D); Jerry L. Beiswanger (D)

Democratic Precinct Committeeman
Larry J. Winter

Republican State Convention Delegates
Samuel Frain; Joni R. Frain