The Starke County Clerk’s Office welcomed nine voters Tuesday on the first day to vote absentee in the May 5 Knox Primary Election.
Incumbent Democrat Mayor Rick Chambers is seeking another term. He faces opposition from Democrat Dennis Estok, who previously served as mayor. Incumbent District 2 Councilman Ron Parker has drawn a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Priscilla Upp. Council District 4 incumbent Gregory L. Matt is opposed by Democrat Tim Manns in the primary. The winner of that contest will face Republican Anthony (Tony) Radkiewicz, Sr. in the November General Election. Democrats Bertha Blue and Dorine Barbara Godinez are vying for the Knox City Council At-Large seat given up by Linda Berndt. Incumbent councilmen Donald L. Kring and Jeff Berg are unopposed. So is Knox Clerk-Treasurer Jeffery J. Houston. Voters will choose between incumbent Republican City Court Judge Charles F. Hasnerl and Democrat Angelo Masuka in November.
Absentee voting continues at the Starke County Courthouse in the second floor meeting room each weekday from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 until 4 p.m. In-office absentee hours are from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Ballots may also be cast on Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 30 from 4 until 6 p.m. Saturday absentee voting will be offered April 25 and May 2 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 until 4 p.m.
The final opportunity to vote absentee is May 4 from 8 a.m. until noon. Election day is Tuesday, May 5. Voters in all of the city’s precincts will cast their ballots at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.