Ballots have been set for state-certified offices for the May 6 primary, according to area clerk’s offices.
There are both new and seasoned politicians who are hoping for support from area citizens.
Only three area races are contested at this point. Franklin County Republicans will have a choice between Eric Atkinson, Pershing; Jeff Raatz, Centerville; Doug Williamson, Williamsburg; and Bruce Wissel, Richmond, for District 27 senator. County Democrats will have to decide between Susan Heitzman, North Vernon; Lane Siekman, Aurora; or Corinne Westerfield, Connersville, for District 6 U.S. representative.
Ripley County Republicans have one choice to make: Bill McDonald, Osgood; Chip Perfect, Lawrenceburg; or Mark Schneider, Columbus, for District 43 state senator.
Other federal and state candidates will not be challenged in the primary: Republican Luke Messer, Greensburg, District 6 U.S. representative; Democrat Jerome Hoog, Sunman, District 27 state senator; Democrat Rudy Howard, Aurora, District 43 state senator; Democrat Glenn Bailey, Oldenburg, and Republican Cindy Ziemke, Batesvillle, District 55 state representative; Republican Randy Frye, Greensburg, District 67 state representative; and Republican Jud McMillin, Brookville, and Democrat Rick Gill, Laurel, District 68 state representative.
In Franklin County, Democrat Mel Wilhelm, Brookville, prosecuting attorney, and Republican Clay Kellerman, Oldenburg, circuit court 2 judge, are running unopposed this time around.
The same is true in Ripley County for Republican Richard Hertel, Batesville, prosecuting attorney; Republican Ryan King, Batesville, circuit court judge; and Democrat John Kellerman II, Batesville, and Republican Jeff Sharp, Milan, superior court judge.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.