Interest appears to be strong for elected seats

Candidates line up in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office on the first day of candidate filing, Wednesday, Jan. 10, for the May 2018 primary. Pictured are (at desk, from left) Don Schoeff, running for auditor; Jay Poe, running for surveyor; Rob Miller, running for commissioner in the First District; and Vicki Pearson, running for recorder. Standing behind them are (from left) Chris Newton, who declared his candidacy for sheriff; current Huntington County Sheriff, Terry Stoffel; and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Hammel. Assisting the candidates (at right) is Voter Registration and Election Deputy Pam Fowler.
Candidates line up in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office on the first day of candidate filing, Wednesday, Jan. 10, for the May 2018 primary. Pictured are (at desk, from left) Don Schoeff, running for auditor; Jay Poe, running for surveyor; Rob Miller, running for commissioner in the First District; and Vicki Pearson, running for recorder. Standing behind them are (from left) Chris Newton, who declared his candidacy for sheriff; current Huntington County Sheriff, Terry Stoffel; and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Hammel. Assisting the candidates (at right) is Voter Registration and Election Deputy Pam Fowler. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Although the filing period has only been open since Wednesday, Jan. 10, interest has been high among those seeking to fill elected seats in Huntington County, according to the Huntington Clerk’s Office.

As the office opened its doors to allow candidates to file their intention to run for office in the upcoming May 8 primary, candidates and supporters – overwhelmingly Republican – spilled out into the outer hallway while others filled out the necessary paperwork.

Candidates who have filed for office as of Jan. 11 are:

REPUBLICAN
Circuit Court Judge
• Jamie Groves.

Circuit Court Clerk
• Rena E. Claus.
• Shelley Malone Septer.

County Auditor
• Donald D. Schoeff Sr.

County Recorder
• Joe Blomeke.
• Vicki Pearson.

County Sheriff
• Christian E. Newton.

County Surveyor
• Jay D. Poe.*

County Assessor
• Terri L. Boone.*

County Commissioner, First District
• Rob Miller.*

County Council,
Second District
• Kendall Mickley.*

County Council,
Fourth District
Don Davenriner.*

Dallas Township Trustee
• Julie Newsome.

(* indicates incumbent)

DEMOCRAT
Precinct Committeeman, Huntington 5
• Doyle Krieg.

State Convention
Delegate, At-Large
• Doyle Krieg.

Voters will not see town council seats listed in the May primary. Those positions do not run on political party tickets. The exception is Andrews Town Council; no seats on that council are up for election this year.

However, Republican Carrie M. Miller has filed her candidacy for Warren Town Council.

Voter Registration and Election Deputy Pam Fowler says there is still plenty of time for those who avoided the initial rush to file their candidacy.

“It’s been a decent start, but we’ve got a month,” she says. “A lot of them like to wait until that last minute. They’ll trickle in all the way through.”

The deadline for candidates to file to be included in the primary election is at noon on Friday, Feb. 9.