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Sheriff’s Races Dominate Primary Filings

Voters in Starke and Pulaski Counties will have their pick of candidates for the open sheriff’s seats in the May 6 primary. Incumbents Oscar Cowen and Mike Gayer are unable to run again due to term limits. Starke County filings include Democrats Bill Dulin, Harold Smith and Dennis Fornelli, who is the latest candidate to file for that office. Republicans Billy Bope and Greg Wireman are also running for sheriff. In Pulaski County, Republicans Jeff Richwine, Brian Gaillard and Jeffrey Heims are seeking the nomination. So are Democrats Paul Grandstaff and Jim Jenkins.

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Would-be Candidates Have Until Noon to File

Candidates for political office in the May primary have until noon local time today to file the necessary paperwork to run for office. Several countywide and township positions are up for grabs. Voters in both Starke and Pulaski Counties will elect new sheriffs. Neither Oscar Cowen nor Mike Gayer can run again due to term limits. Voters in both counties will also elect a prosecuting attorney, coroner, clerk of the circuit court and assessor. County council seats in districts 1 through 4 are also on the ballots in both counties.

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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.

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Races Shape Up As More Candidates File

 

The latest round of candidate filings for the May primary includes two incumbent Starke County Council members, one of whom already has a potential general election opponent. Republican Anthony “Tony” Radkiewicz, Sr. and Democrat Jennifer Davis are both running for the District 2 County Council seat. Davis is giving up her seat on the county commission to run for the council. District 2 includes part of Center and California Townships. Council President David Pearman has also filed for reelection in council district 3, which runs south through the southern half of Oregon Township through Washington and North Bend Townships. Republican Talia Reed has also filed her candidacy for the Starke County Council District I seat. It includes the rest of Center and Oregon Townships along with the Davis and Jackson precincts.

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Candidates Sign up for Office in First Week of Filing

More candidates have filed for office with county clerks. The filing period began on Wednesday last week and continues until Feb. 7 at noon local time.

In addition to the candidates previously listed, Pulaski County, Republicans Tracy Rossman-Bryson and Steven J. VanDerAa have filed for coroner by the end of the week last week

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Knox Voters Encouraged to Tour Elementary School’s Palmer Wing

Voters in California, Center and Washington Townships can get a firsthand look at what advocates say are long overdue and necessary repairs to the Palmer wing at Knox Elementary School this evening. The Whatever it Takes Committee is hosting another open house at the school from 5 until 6 p.m. Problems with the 60-year-old original structure include an antiquated heating and cooling system, a cramped cafeteria that is insufficient to prepare food for the entire student population and a host of other problems. The work will only be done if voters agree to support a property tax during a May 7th special election, for which absentee voting is under way at the Starke County Courthouse. Click https://gateway.ifionline.org/CalculatorsDLGF/RefCalculator.aspx to determine how much your property taxes will go up should the referendum pass.

Starke County Election Board to Hold Post Election Meeting

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The Starke County Election Board has scheduled a post election meeting for Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room in the Starke County Courthouse.

The Board, consisting of President Pat Mitchell, Vice President Jim Henriott and Clerk Evelyn Skronski, will review the 2010 election, make plans for the 2011 City Election and approve election workers. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

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