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Candidate filing opens for '20 election


January 15, 2020
Candidates seeking public office this year may now file their declarations of candidacy for the 2020 Primary Election. Candidates for federal or state office will file with the Secretary of State or Indiana Election Division. Local candidates will file with the county election board. Filing will remain open until noon local time on Friday, Feb. 7.

In Crawford County voters will elect two commissioners; the District 2 seat, currently held by Republican Larry Ingle, and the District 3 seat, which Republican Morton Dale now holds. The county council's three at-large seats are also up. They are now held by Republicans William E. Breeding and Sharon Wilson and Democrat Jerry Brewer.

The county will also elect a coroner. Democrat Chris Brown currently fills that role.

The county treasurer seat is also up; Democrat Kelli Slaughterback is the current treasurer. The county surveyor will also be elected. Reggie Timberlake, a Republican, is surveyor.

Voters in Floyd County will elect a circuit court judge, coroner, county commissioners in Districts 2 and 3, three county council at-large seats, recorder, surveyor and treasurer.

In Harrison County, voters will elect the coroner (current coroner is Republican Gary Gilley), circuit court clerk (current clerk is Republican Sherry Brown), county commissioners for Districts 1 and 2 (voted on countywide) (District 1 commissioner is Republican Charlie Crawford and District 2 commissioner is Republican Kenneth Saulman), three at-large county council members (current at-large representatives are Republicans Gary Byrne, Jennie Capelle and Donnie J. Hussung), recorder (current recorder is Republican Debbie Dennison), surveyor (current surveyor is Republican Harold Klinstiver) and superior court judge (current judge is Republican John T. Evans).

Also, some school board seats are up for election, but filing won't begin until summer.

A candidate seeking nomination by a major political party may file, as well as independent or minor party candidates and state convention delegates. Candidates for president or governor may begin filing petitions of nomination with county voter registration offices for verification of petition signatures.

"Free elections sit at the foundation of our republic, and I congratulate those individuals who have made the decision to run for public office," said Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson. "I encourage all candidates to pay careful attention to the policies and deadlines set forth by the laws of our state and to file the appropriate documents sooner rather than later to avoid unnecessary mistakes and ensure an easy and efficient process for all parties involved."

The Secretary of State's Office is located in Room 201 of the Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis. The Election Division is located in Room E-204 of the Indiana Government Center, 302 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information can be found online at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm.

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