Candidates come forward as filing gets underway
January 27, 2010
Last Wednesday was the first day political hopefuls could put their names in the ring for the various offices up for grabs this election season, and several people filed to run in this spring's Primary Election.
Several courthouse offices will be in play this year, although some new candidates may have to challenge incumbents who are seeking re-election.
The Crawford County sheriff's race already has brought out a few candidates, even though the incumbent, Tim Wilkerson, has filed to seek re-election.
Kenny Sturgeon, a Democrat from Eckerty, is making a second try for the office as is Larry (Moose) Allen, a Democrat from Milltown. Newcomer Matthew L. Faith of Marengo will challenge Wilkerson in the Republican primary.
The circuit clerk's job is being sought by Democrat Edna M. Brown, the current county treasurer. Megan Faith, a Republican from Marengo, also has filed for the office.
So far, Ricki Hawkins, the current deputy auditor and a Democrat from Marengo, is the only candidate to file for the auditor's job.
The county recorder position will again be sought by incumbent Charla Dawn Wright, a Democrat from Marengo.
Tamara (Tammy) Procter, the current assessor and a Democrat, will seek re-election and, as of press time, has no challengers.
Crawford County Prosecutor Cheryl Hillenburg, a Democrat from Milltown, is running for a second term and has no opposition from either party so far.
Joey Robinson, a Democrat from Marengo, is seeking his second term on the county council (District 1), and Sharon Wilson, a Republican from Grantsburg, is also running for re-election (District 4). Bob Kellems, a Democrat, is also seeking re-election to his District 3 seat, and Jim Taylor, a Democrat from Marengo, is running to win his District 2 seat again.
The only county commissioner seat that is up this year, District 1, is being sought by incumbent Larry Bye of Marengo, who is being challenged by one candidate so far, James E. Spurling Sr., a Democrat also of Marengo.
Other candidates who have filed for office include:
•Bobby L. Crecelius, Democrat, Whiskey Run Township board
•Mary McLain Qualters, Democrat, Patoka Township trustee
•Richard Brown, Democrat, Liberty Township trustee
•Eddie Huff, Democrat, Patoka Township board
•John Procter, Democrat, Union Township trustee
•Patricia Ramsey, Republican, Jennings Township trustee
•Mae B. Parr, Republican, Boone Township trustee
•Helen Louise Wright, Republican, Johnson Township trustee
•Jerry Brewer, Democrat, Liberty 1 precinct committeeman
•Michael Holzbog, Democrat, Sterling 3 precinct committeeman
•Dale Roll, Democrat, Sterling 2 precinct committeeman
•Lucas E. Stroud, District 1 school board
•Myrna Sanders, District 4 school board
Other candidates local voters will be considering include:
•State representative, District 73 — Douglas C. Leatherbury, Salem, Democrat (incumbent Dennie Oxley I has not yet filed for re-election)
•State senator, District 47 — Richard Young Jr., Milltown Democrat incumbent
•U.S. representative, District 9 — Baron Hill, Democrat incumbent; Lendall B. Terry, Democrat; Mike Sodrel, Republican; Todd Young, Republican
The deadline to file for the May 1 Primary is Feb. 19. The General Election will be Nov. 2. Crawford County school board candidates will be elected in May.