They range from seasoned political hands to absolute newbies in America’s election process. After the Feb. 7 noon filing deadline, county candidates for the May 6 primary have been announced by area clerk’s offices.
Just four countywide positions have contested races. Republicans will have to decide between Barry Bischoff, Kenneth Murphy and John Roberts Jr. for sheriff; Scott McDonough and Eric Roberts for District 1 commissioner; M.P. Allen and Tom Linkel for District 2 commissioner; and Aaron Leffingwell, Curtis Ward and Jimmy Webb for the District 4 council seat.
Democrats have one choice to make: Chester Ball or Dale Maxie for District 1 commissioner.
These fortunate Republican candidates are unopposed in the primary election: Karla Bauman, circuit court clerk; Stephen Brack, auditor; Wanda “Tink” Lee, coroner; Joe Sizemore, District 1 council; Keith Hall, District 2 council; and Jeff Koch, District 3 council.
Likewise, these Democrats will not be challenged in the primary: Jerry Erfman, auditor; Sharon Halcomb, assessor; Louis Fasbinder, District 2 commissioner; and Carroll Lanning, District 4 council.
In just one township, Metamora, four Republicans are vying for the trustee spot: Catrina Campbell, Steve Collier, Mike Ferman and Linda Murphy.
The rest of the township trustee contenders are not contested at this point: Democrat Vivian Shepler, Blooming Grove; Republican Britney Ison, Brookville; Democrat Ronald Fitzpatrick, Butler; Democrat Arthur DeFossett Jr., Highland; Democrat Delbert Spurlock, Laurel; Republican Gregg Burris and Democrat Lisa Hollars, Posey; Republican John Livers Sr. and Democrat Sue Waechter, Ray; Democrat Michael Peters, Salt Creek; Democrat Jerry Day, Springfield; and Republican Roy Hall, Whitewater.
In the running for township advisory board members are Democrat Roy Chesnut and Republican Jerry Mergenthal, Bath; Democrats Kenny Hildebrand and Kyle Hildebrand and Republican Neil Whittington, Blooming Grove; Republican Roger Bommer, Brookville; Democrats John Obermeyer, Mark Obermeyer and Mel Pulskamp, Butler; Democrats Velda Clark, Delores Dobbs and Laura Hodapp, Fairfield; Democrats Dennis Brown and Loraine Galle, Highland; Republicans Lewis Combs and Krista Prows and Democrats Denver Marcum and Aris Sams, Laurel; Republicans Kathleen Ferguson, Larry Ferman, Paul Hendricks, Jenny Stone and Ted Williams, Metamora; Democrat Bonnie Carpenter and Republicans Dale Fields, Timothy Hollars, Roger McQueen and Richard Ralstin, Posey; Democrats Lawrence Bedel and Jerome Lamping, Ray; Democrats Gary Alvey and Gary Meyer, Salt Creek; Democrats Richard Kerr and John Kolb and Republican Ervin Roberts, Springfield; Republicans Larry Bolser, Cindy Hall and Dee Ann Harding, Whitewater.