Government & School Board

Local voters in tune with rest of state in primary

Hoosiers across the state followed much the same path as voters in Huntington County in electing nominees for the general election on Nov. 6.

In the Republican race for U.S. Senator, Mike Braun won the right to face Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in the fall, garnering 208,071 votes, for 41.2 percent of the vote.

In Huntington County, Braun received 1,952 votes to take 37.9 percent of the vote. Todd Rokita received 1,763 votes and Luke Messer got 1,441.

Smith, Landrum win night’s most hotly contested primary races

Vicki Pearson (left), the Republican nominee for Huntington County Recorder, receives congratulations on her victory from current recorder Cheryl Schenkel at the Huntington County Republican Party viewing party on Tuesday, May 8, at the Roanoke Village Inn.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Davin G. Smith won the tightly contested Republican primary race for Huntington County Circuit Court Judge on Tuesday evening, May 8.

Smith, who spent the evening watching soccer games for his children instead of election results, received 2,074 votes to beat incumbent Jamie Groves, who received 1,979 votes, while Jill M. Denman received 1,032 and Justin R. Wall received 413.

Smith kept abreast of the result as friends texted him the numbers as he watched the games.

Huntington County Primary election results

Here are the unofficial vote totals from the Huntington County primary elections on May 8, 2018, updated 7:55 p.m.

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY - Contested races

Huntington County Circuit Court Judge
(6 of 6 vote centers reporting)
Jill M. Denman 1,032
Jamie Groves (I) 1,979
Davin G. Smith 2,074
Justin R. Wall 413

Huntington County Circuit Court Clerk
(6 of 6 vote centers reporting)
Rena E. Claus 1,789
Shelley Malone Septer 3,100

Primary election season draws to close with Election Day on May 8

The primary election season will draw to a close with Election Day on Tuesday, May 8.

Huntington County residents who are registered to vote may cast their ballots at one of six vote centers in the county. Each center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Banks staffer to be in Huntington

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) recently announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, May 10, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

A Banks staffer will be at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

 
 

Banks staffer to be in Huntington

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) recently announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, May 10, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

A Banks staffer will be at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

 
 

Indiana attorney general mobile office in Huntington

The Indiana attorney general’s office will be conducting mobile office hours in Huntington on Wednesday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive.

While at the library, office staffers will be performing constituent out-
reach including searching the Indiana Unclaimed Property website for people, discussing the latest scams and helping people file consumer protection complaints with the office.

Curtis Hill is the Indiana attorney general.

Four seek GOP slot for county’s circuit court judge

Candidates for Huntington County Circuit Court Judge are (from left) Jill Denman, Jamie Groves, Davin Smith and Justin Wall.
Photos provided.

Four candidates, Jill M. Denman, Jamie M. Groves, Davin G. Smith and Justin R. Wall, will appear on the Republican ballot in the May 8 primary, all hopeful of winning the Huntington County Circuit Court Judge race.
The position was vacated in Dec. 2017 when Thomas Hakes retired. Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Groves to fill the position through the end of the year.
The candidates were each asked the questions, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”
Jill M. Denman

BMV to extend hours on May 7-8

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced that BMV branches will extend hours of operation on Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses to be used for identification at a polling place.

Branches will be open on Monday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 8, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Roanoke Town Council gets update on new school in town

The Roanoke Town Council received an update on the plan to build a new elementary school in town at its meeting on Tuesday, May 1.

Randy Harris, superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, presented a floor plan and renderings of the new school to council. The floor plan lists the square footage of the two-story building at 86,392.

The board was pleased by the renderings of the school. Council President Dave Tucker remarked that the design paid tribute to the appearance of the existing building.

Claus-Septer go for GOP clerk position

Rena Claus (left) and Shelley Septer.
Photos provided.

Two candidates have thrown their hat into the ring to become the next Huntington County Circuit Court Clerk. Rena E. Claus and Shelley Septer will appear on the Republican ballot on the May 8 primary.

The candidates were each asked the question, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

Rena E. Claus
Claus, 33, resides at 8097W-700S-35, in LaFontaine. She is employed as a sales project coordinator at Our Sunday Visitor.

Council race down to one candidate

Photo provided.
Kittie Keiffer

A race between two Republican candidates for the Huntington County Council Fourth District seat is now down to one candidate, although two names will appear on the May 8 primary ballot.

Kittie Keiffer, who will leave her current post as the county circuit court clerk, is running for the council seat. Don Davenriner, who had been a Huntington County councilman for the past 12 years and was the incumbent candidate in the upcoming primary election, died April 13.

Roanoke Library board meets early

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Roanoke Public Library’s Board of Trustees will meet one week earlier for its regular board meeting, on the third Monday of May – May 21, at 7 p.m. – instead of the normally scheduled fourth Monday.

School board hears about changes since audit

The Huntington County Community School Board of School Trustees heard a review of what kinds of changes have happened in the district since an audit was conducted and presented last year by researchers Mike Pettibone and Dr. Steve Yager.

During business brought before the board at their regular meeting on Monday, April 23, Harris presented a review of the “challenges” presented to the district as a result of that audit and where the district stands on what it needs to do better.

Set exec session for the Common Council

The Common Council of the City of Huntington will meet in executive session on Tuesday, May 8, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Third Floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategy with respect to initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

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