Full slate of primary election match-ups set
February 27, 2008
The Feb. 22 deadline for filing for political office has now passed, and the primary is just around the corner.
In Indiana, the governor's race holds no surprises as all three candidates made no secret of their intentions for several months. Businessman Jim Schellinger, a Democrat from Indianapolis, and Jill Long Thompson, also a Democrat, are seeking the nomination to run against incumbent Mitch Daniels, who is unopposed in the Republican primary.
In the Ninth District congressional race, some familiar names are once again on the list. Incumbent Baron Hill is being challenged by three Democrats in the primary race: John R. Bottorff, Gretchen Clearwater and Lendall B. Terry. And Hill's old rival, Republican Mike Sodrel, is unopposed in the primary and will once again take a stab at the Ninth District seat, which he won from Hill in 2004 but lost in the last election.
In the District 70 state representative race, Democrat incumbent Paul Robertson of Depauw faces no primary opposition, nor does Republican Tim Hunt.
In the District 72 state representative race, Democrat incumbent William C. Cochran will face Republican Edward D. (Ed) Clere in the fall.
In the District 73 state representative race, Democrat incumbent Dennie Oxley will face Republican Steve Davisson in the fall.
In Crawford County:
Democrat incumbent Chris Brown is unopposed for the coroner's job.
In the District 2 commissioner's race, incumbent Randy Gilmore will face off with David Sillings in the Democratic primary. The winner will be challenged by Republican Wayne Carothers for the District 2 seat in the fall.
District 3 Commissioner James Schultz, a Democrat, is unchallenged, and no Republican filed for the GOP primary.
In the race for three at-large seats on the county council, Democrat incumbent Jerry Brewer is being challenged by William E. Breeding, Douglas H. McLain and Ramona F. Garrett, with the top three vote-getters advancing to the general election, where they will be joined by Republican incumbent Daniel Crecelius, who faces no primary opposition.
In the treasurer's race, Democrat incumbent Edna Brown is being challenged by newcomer Allison (Jan Parke) Barrow.
Republican incumbent Reginald (Reggie) Timberlake is unopposed for the surveyor's position.
In the at-large Crawford County School Board race, incumbents Tim Jellison and Debbie Kaiser face opposition from Lloyd B. Arnold, Lee Holzbog, Billy J. Walker and Tim Newton. The school board is non-political, and the top three vote-getters will be elected.
In Floyd County:
Susan L. Orth and Michael J. McDaniel are competing for the Democratic nomination for judge of the Superior Court No. 1.
Democrat Glenn G. Hancock and Republican Chris Lane have no opposition in their primary races for judge of Superior Court No. 2.
Richard G. (Rich) Bolin, Maria Granger and Stan Robison will battle for the Democratic nomination for judge of Superior Court No. 3, while Republican Richard R. Fox has no challenger in the GOP primary.
Democrat Darlene McCoy and Republican Lois Naville Endris have no opposition in their parties' primaries for county recorder.
Neither Democrat Bette A. Buechler and Republican Linda L. Berger will face a challenger in their primaries for the treasurer's position.
Incumbent Greg Balmer will face Leslie E. Knable in the Democratic nomination for county coroner, while Republican John Patrick Click has no opposition.
Republican incumbent William B. (Bill) Gibson is unopposed for county surveyor.
Republican Dave Matthews has no GOP challenger in his bid for the District 2 county commissioner seat. Neither does Democrat incumbent Charles (Chuck) Freiberger.
Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Steve Bush is unopposed in the GOP primary, while Democrat Dennis O. Roudenbush also faces no opposition.
The following Democrats have announced their candidacy for the county council at-large seats: Donald Blevins, Jeff Fessel, Ted Heavrin, Tom Lenfert, Greg A. McCartin, Joe Schindler, incumbent Carol Shope, Brad C. Striegel and incumbent Randall T. (Randy) Stumler.
The following Republicans have announced their candidacy for the county council at-large seats: Rocky Cambron, William (Bill) Fender III, incumbent Dana Fendley, Harry T. Harbison, Tonye A. Rutherford and Larry M. Summers.
The top three vote-getters from each party will face off in the general election.
New Albany-Floyd County School Board at-large candidates are incumbent Patricia Badger-Byrd, Ronald D. Keller and Paul Love.
New Albany-Floyd County School Board District 3 candidates are incumbent Neal Allen Smith and Michael A. Dankovich.
New Albany-Floyd County School Board District 4 has only one candidate, incumbent Rebecca Gardenour.
In Harrison County:
Democrat Roger Davis is being challenged by Leah Fink for Superior Court Judge in the primary and the winner will face Republican John Evans in the fall.
Democrat Barbara Mathes has no opposition in the spring and will challenge unopposed Republican incumbent Sherry Brown for Circuit Court Clerk.
Democrats Steve Arnold and Carole Gaither will compete in the primary for recorder and the winner will face Republican Barbara Best or Teresa Hamm.
In the coroner's race, Republican incumbent Steve Hamm is being challenged by Ray Saylor in the primary, and the winner will face one of four Democrats who are competing in the primary, Gilbert Fillmore Jr., Melissa McKim, Richard McKinstry or Russell Sizemore.
Incumbent Republican Tom Bube is being challenged by Democrat Carl Duley for surveyor.
In the District 1 commissioner race, Democrat incumbent James Goldman will face Ed Emily and Adam Uhl in the primary, with the winner facing Republican Phil Smith in the fall.
In the District 2 commissioner race, Republican incumbent J.R. Eckart will square off with Rhonda Rhoads and Kenny Saulman in the primary. The winner will face one of the three Democrats competing in the primary, Scott Hussung, Carl (Buck) Mathes or Donald Mathes.
For county council at-large, incumbent Democrat Chris Timberlake will compete in the primary with Democrats Kyle Byrne, Joe Cox Jr., Richard Gerdon, Steve Haggard, Joy Kirchgessner, Robert Morris, Carol Johnson Smith and Todd Uhl. Republicans Jim Heitkemper and Marion Wallace will advance to the general, as the top three vote-getters in each primary will move on to the general election, where they will compete for three seats.
The North Harrison School Board has two seats open this year, one for Blue River Township and one for Morgan Township. In Blue River Township, incumbent Buddy Bosler will face Michael Beyerle. In Morgan Township, incumbent Ronald Coleman will face Jerry Renneker.