County clerk’s office gearing up for upcoming general election

Election officials (from left) Kittie Keiffer, Pam Fowler, Lori Guy and Ken Zuk proofread the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election during a meeting of the Huntington County Election Board on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Election officials (from left) Kittie Keiffer, Pam Fowler, Lori Guy and Ken Zuk proofread the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election during a meeting of the Huntington County Election Board on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The ballots have been approved, and the county clerk's office is gearing up to register new voters in preparation for the Nov. 4 general election.

Huntington County residents who need to register to vote have until Oct. 6 to do so in time to be eligible to vote in the fall election.

Likewise, those who have moved or had a name change since the last election must update their registration by Oct. 6.

New registrations and registration updates can be done in the Huntington County clerk's office, located on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. Registrations and updates will be accepted online at www.indianavoters.com until the end of the day.

There are only four races on the county level and below. Contests include the second district school board seat, the first district seat on the Huntington County Council, Jackson Township trustee and Roanoke Town Council.

None of those positions are county-wide, so some residents may see no local races on their ballots. There are, however, several choices to be made on the state level.

But Roanoke residents hit the jackpot - they get to vote in three of the four local contested races.

Voters can visit the state website, www.indianavoters.com, to see exactly which races will be on their ballots.

Here's a rundown of the local races:

School Board
The Huntington County Community School Corporation's board of trustees has three seats up for grabs this fall. One of the positions has drawn four candidates, a second has only one candidate and the third drew no interest.

Stephen Geders, Chad Lippe, Mathew Roth and Gary Snyder are all running for the second district seat being vacated by Kevin Patrick. The school board's second district includes all of Clear Creek and Warren townships, as well as Huntington Township precincts 6, 11 and 11A.

Brian Warpup is the sole candidate for the school board's third district seat, currently held by Ben Landrum. The district includes Wayne, Jefferson, Polk, Salamonie and Rock Creek townships.

There are no candidates in the fifth district, currently represented by Tom King. That district covers Huntington Township precincts 1, 1A, 2, 2A and 3. The school board will accept applications and appoint someone to serve once King's term ends at the end of this year.

The school board election is nonpartisan.

County Offices
The only county-level race is on the Huntington County Council, where Republican incumbent Todd Landrum is being challenged by Democrat Roxanna Lucas Murray.
Although Murray has been active in the local Democrat party, this is her first try at elected office.

The county council's first district includes all of Union and Jackson townships, as well as Huntington Township precincts 1, 1A, 10, 11A, 12A and 13.

Unopposed candidates for county council seats are Kendall Mickley, second district; Raymond "Keith" Eller, third district; and Don Davenriner, fourth district. Mickley and Davenriner are incumbents, while Eller is seeking the seat being vacated by Joel Harris. All three are Republicans.

County-level offices where the incumbents, all Republicans, face no opposition in November are superior court judge, Jeffrey Heffelfinger; prosecuting attorney, Amy Richison; circuit court clerk, Kittie Keiffer; county auditor, Cindy Yeiter; county recorder, Cheryl Schenkel; county sheriff, Terry Stoffel; county surveyor, Jay Poe; and county assessor, Terri Boone.

Republican Rob Miller is the lone candidate for the first district seat on the Huntington County Commissioners, after having defeated the current representative, Leon Hurlburt, in the primary.

Town Councils In Roanoke, three people are vying for the two open seats on the town council. The candidates are Cory Cartwright and Troy Karshner, both currently serving on the council, and Brian W. Secor.

Tracey Brown is seeking re-election to his seat on the Warren Town Council, but Barb Trosper is not seeking to retain her seat. Trosper plans to resign effective Jan. 1, and the remaining members will accept applications and appoint her successor.

The Markle Town Council has one seat up for grabs this year, and no candidates. Rick Bower currently holds that position.

The councils in Roanoke, Warren and Markle are all nonpartisan.

Township trustees
In Jackson Township, incumbent Sheila Hines, a Republican, is up against Democrat challenger Kevin G. Murray in her quest to retain her office.

Eight township trustees, all Republicans, are unopposed in their bids for re-election. They are Tim Guy, Huntington Township; Jay Hammel, Clear Creek Township; Brenda Kitt, Dallas Township; Kathy Morton, Warren Township; Linda Mautz, Rock Creek Township; David Hornback, Union Township; and Gary Miller, Polk Township.
There are no township trustee candidates in three townships - Jefferson, Wayne and Salamonie. The current trustees will automatically retain their offices. They are David Keller, Jefferson Township; Paul Walton, Wayne Township; and James Howell, Salamonie Township.

All three positions on each of the township advisory boards are also up for election this year, and several of those boards have fewer than three candidates.

State offices
Third District U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a Republican, has two challengers - Democrat Justin Kuhnle ad Libertarian Scott Wise.

Neither State Rep. Dan Leonard nor State Sen. Jim Banks face any opposition this fall.

Secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer are all contested races, and voters will be asked if they want to retain several judges.

Complete caption: Election officials (from left) Kittie Keiffer, Pam Fowler, Lori Guy and Ken Zuk proofread the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election during a meeting of the Huntington County Election Board on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Keiffer, the Huntington County clerk, along with Guy and Zuk are election board members; Fowler is the voter registration and election deputy in the clerk’s office.