Almost 200 absentee ballots have been cast so far in the City of Knox Primary Municipal Election.
Officials from the Starke County Clerk’s office say 191 mail-in and in-office absentee ballots have been submitted so far.
In-office absentee voting is available today through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with extended h1 pours until 6 p.m. on Thursday. The last two opportunities to vote absentee in-office are Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m to noon and from .m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Primary Municipal Election is Tuesday, May 5.
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.