Local Primary Ballot Is Set

PRIMARYThe deadline has come and gone for those wanting to run in the upcoming Indiana May primary.  The Dubois County clerk’s office says the primary will have seven contested races, five among Republicans.

They include the primary race for the Republican nomination for State Representative in District 63 between Jasper businessman Mike Braun, who is currently a member of the Greater Jasper School Board and Jasper physician Dr. Richard Moss.

There were no Democrats who filed candidacy papers for the District 63 primary, so unless the party places a candidate on the ballot after the primary, the winner of the Braun/Moss race will succeed fellow Republican Mark Messmer.

Messmer is running for the GOP nomination for the State Senate District 48 seat. Messmer, a Jasper businessman, will face Ted Metzger of Boonville in the primary. The winner will face Democrat, and current Dubois County Commissioner Larry Vollmer in the fall.

Other contested races in the local Republican primary are for the District 8 U.S. Representative nomination between two-term incumbant Larry Bucshon of Newburgh and Andrew McNeil of Freedom (Owen County).

Harris Lloyd “Tad” Whitis of Harrison County and Erin Houchin of Salem are seeking the GOP nomination for the State Senate seat in District 47 currently held by long-time Democratic State Senator Richard Young of Milltown who is seeking another term in office.

The two contested Democratic primaries are for the U. S. Representative District 8 seat between William Bryk and Tom Spangle, Bryk is a bankruptcy attorney from Brooklyn, NY who has filed as protest vote for those disenchanted with the U. S. Congress.

Byrk has campaigned for office nine times since 1980.  He’s run for offices ranging from the New York City Council to vice president of the United States.  He’s never been elected, but he did win a primary.

He ran as a Republican in the vice presidential primary in New Hampshire in 2000, because he wanted to make the point of how that election was meaningless. He was one of two people to enter, and he won. He last ran for the U.S. Senate in Idaho in 2010, and was easily defeated.

Also on the democratic ballot for the District 8 Democratic nomination is Jasper businessman Tom Spangler.

The only other contested Democratic primary race is for the Dubois County Council District 3 nomination between incumbent Barbara Mathies of Jasper and Nancy Wilson who is past president of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

Two incumbents are not running in this year’s elections.  They are Dubois Circuit Court Judge William Weikert, a Democrat, who is retiring and Dubois County Council District 2 representative Shane Lindauer, a Republican, who is moving out of district.

The Indiana primary is Tuesday May 6th.

Here is a complete list of those who filed candidacy for races on the May primary ballot for Republicans…

U.S. Representative District 8: Larry Bucshon &  Andrew McNeil

State Representative District 63: Mike Braun & Richard Moss

State Representative District 74: Lloyd Arnold

State Senator District 47: Harris Lloyd “Tad” Whitis & Erin Houchin

State Senator District 48: Mark Messmer & Ted Metzger

County Commissioner District 2: Doug Uebelhor

County Council District 2: Adrian Engelberth

County Council District 3: Charmian Klem

County Council District 4: Jerry Hunefeld

County Clerk: Bridgette Jarboe

County Recorder: Gregory Abell

Circuit Court Judge: Kevin Crouse

Boone Township Trustee: Mark Kieffner

Boone Township Advisory Board (three seats):  Susan Weisman, Pamela Weisheit & Kimberly Hoffman

Columbia Township Trustee: Larry Hall

Columbia Township Advisory Board (three seats):  Donald Harrison, Melvin Leistner & James Leon Wineinger

Harbison Township Trustee: Marvin Eisenhut

Harbison Township Advisory Board (three seats): Dalcus Fuhrman, Lorie Hubbs & Mary Lou Zehr

Madison Township Trustee: Cathy “Kitty” Merkley

Madison Township Advisory Board (three seats): Glen Englert

Patoka Township Trustee: Donald Astrike

Patoka Township Advisory Board (three seats): Jeffrey Bounds


Those filing for the Democratic Primary…

U.S. Representative District 8: William Bryk & Tom Spangle

State Senator District 47: Richard Young

State Senator District 48: Larry Vollmer

County Commissioner District 2: Elmer Brames

County Council District 1: Craig Greulich

County Council District 2: Mary “Becky” Beckman

County Council District 3: Barbara Mathies & Nancy Wilson

County Assessor: Gail Gramelspacher

County Auditor: Kathy Hopf

County Clerk: Cheryl Schnell

County Prosecuting Attorney: Anthony Quinn

County Recorder: Rebecca Gates

County Sheriff: Donny Lampert

Circuit Court Judge: Nathan Verkamp

Bainbridge Township Trustee: Ken Buck

Bainbridge Township Advisory Board (three seats): Charles “Chill” Habig, David Hurst & David Spellmeyer

Cass Township Trustee: James Meyer

Cass Township Advisory Board (three seats): Lee Bilderback, Lisa Mathews & Dennis Schaeffer

Ferdinand Township Trustee: David Kemper

Ferdinand Township Advisory Board (three seats): Albert Dilger, Francis Egler & Michael Lindauer

Hall Township Trustee: Allen Thewes

Hall Township Advisory Board (three seats): Kevin Knies, Fred Lampert & Jeff Betz

Jackson Township Ttrustee: Sylvester Voegerl

Jackson Township Advisory Board (three seats): Nathan Brinkman, Dan Oeding & Gregory Welp

Jefferson Township trustee: Brian King

Jefferson Township Advisory Board (three seats):  Charlene Atkins, Jack Doyle Dooley and Doris Schnell

Madison Township Trustee: Jason “Jay” Terwiske

Madison Township Advisory Board (three seats): Pat Lichlyter and Alan Small

Marion Township Trustee: Bradley Terwiske and Clarence Reckelhoff

Marion Township Advisory Board (three seats): Eugene Bachman, James Hasenour and Randy Lueken

Patoka Township Advisory Board (three seats): Larry Ferguson and Roland Terwiske

Birdseye Town Council (three seats): Kelly Wiseman, Kermitt Clyde Huff & Jerry Allstott*

Birdseye clerk-treasurer:  Brittany Schepers*

*These are general elections


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