Knox voters will select a mayoral candidate today. The Democratic Mayoral Primary pits incumbent Mayor Rick Chambers against former Mayor Dennis Estok. The winner will does not have an opponent on the November ballot yet. Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley says the Republican Party has until July 6 to nominate a candidate should they choose to.
Other contested races include the District 2 council race between incumbent Ron Parker and Priscilla Upp. Both are Democrats. Incumbent Democrat Gregory L. Matt has drawn a primary challenge from Tim Manns for his District 4 seat. The winner of today’s 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. Incumbent Democrat Jeff Berg is unopposed for his District 3 seat. So is clerk-treasurer Jeff Houston. Again, they could have opponents in November should the GOP decide to seat candidates.
Knox City Court Judge Charles Hasnerl, a Republican, is unopposed in the primary but has drawn a general election challenge from Democrat Angelo Masuka.
Polls are open today from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Registered voters who live within the Knox city limits can cast ballots at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Absentee voting wrapped up yesterday at noon at the Starke County Courthouse. Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley tells WKVI News 421 absentee ballots were cast. WKVI News will have complete election results on the air this evening after all of the votes are counted and on our website, WKVI.com.