Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 11, 2014

Plenty of choices on primary ballots


Ten unopposed Democratic Party precinct committeemen candidates will be on the ballot: Jeffrey Sauerland, Blooming Grove; Bess Edwards, Brookville 1; Frank Deutsch, Brookville 3; Jim Lierl, Brookville 5; Mel Pulskamp, Butler; Karen Hodapp, Fairfield; Delbert Spurlock, Laurel; Gary Baker, Metamora; Ronald Obermeyer, Oldenburg; and Glenn Bailey, Salt Creek 1.

Itching to go to the state convention as delegates are Republicans Robert Braun, Keith Hall, Linda Hall, Carol Hiatt, Thurman Hiatt, Scott McDonough, Di Schantz, Tony Schantz and Curtis Ward and Democrat Charles Ratz.

Three want to serve on the Brookville Town Council: Democrat Darrel Flaspohler, Ward 2; Republican Haroline Ison and Democrat Catherine Pelsor, Ward 4.

Ripley County

The hottest race is for sheriff with Republicans Rob Bradley, Jeff Cumberworth and Joseph Mann and Democrats Timothy Sutton and Josh Thompson all filing their declarations of candidacy.

Competing for the District 1 commissioner seat are four Republicans, Bill Flannery, Jay Gayheart, Robert Linville and Stan Wiedeman. Republicans Chad Pindell and David Simon both want to be the District 3 councilman.

Running unopposed on the primary’s Republican ballot are Bill McDonald, District 43 state senator; Ryan King, circuit court judge; Jeff Sharp, superior court judge; Richard Hertel, prosecuting attorney; William Wagner, auditor; Jeffrey French, surveyor; Shawna Bushhorn, assessor; Ron Decker, District 1 council; and Patricia Smith, District 2 council.

These Democrats have no challengers in the primary: John Kellerman II, superior court judge; William Dramann, District 1 council; and Edward Armbrecht, District 4 council.

Voters will have choices to make in two township trustee races: Republicans Harold Ellinghausen and Chris Bradford, Laughery; and Democrats Phillip Morgan and Stacey Schmaltz, Shelby.

The rest of the township trustee contenders face no same party opposition: Democrat Edward Gindling, Adams; Republican Kenneth Copeland Jr. and Democrat Janice Wittich, Brown; Republican Brenda Warren, Center; Republican Paul Hardy, Delaware; Republican William Kissell, Franklin; Republican Annette Pindell, Jackson; Republican Toni Gray-Halcomb, Johnson; Democrat Cynthia Melton, Otter Creek; and Republican Jeffery Poole, Washington.

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