Government & School Board

Snyder enters Republican primary for Huntington County Clerk nomination

Gary L. Snyder.
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Gary L. Snyder has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Clerk.

Snyder cites his experience in the financial services field and as a small business owner as his qualifications for the office.

"I believe my experience implementing and supervising an anti-money laundering program for nearly 250 financial advisors across the nation prepares me for the important job of clerk," Snyder says.

Snyder is the founder of and hosts "Talkin' Politics" on radio station WNUY.

Hines wants to retain Jackson Trustee post

Sheila Hines has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Jackson Township Trustee, an office she currently holds.

Hines has served as trustee in Jackson Township for five years and previously served three years on the Jackson Township Board.

She also served as township assessor for three years until the state gave those responsibilities to the county assessor in July 2008. Hines says she is still called on to answer questions about the assessment procedure.

Council cuts nearly $1 million

Nearly $1 million was cut from Huntington County budgets by members of Huntington County Council on Monday, March 22.

Across-the-board cuts of 7 percent in 2010 budgets were ordered by county council as Huntington County, like most governmental units, faces shrinking revenues. Department heads and office-holders submitted their suggested cuts to the council on Monday and, except for one office, those cuts were accepted by the council members unchanged.

HCCSC board narrowly approves cutting teachers

Up to 20 Huntington County teachers could be receiving pink slips in the next few weeks.

After a narrow 4-3 vote on Monday, March 22, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees authorized Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer to deliver layoff notices to teachers holding the equivalent of 20 full-time positions. The board will make a final decision on those layoffs at its first meeting in May.

Huntington County to have more precincts, less polling places

Huntington County will have more precincts but fewer polling places for the May 4 primary election.

Two precincts - Clear Creek and Jackson 3 - have each been split in half because the number of registered voters in each of the precincts had grown larger than the 1,200 allowed by state law.

And the number of polling places in the county has been reduced as polling places for some precincts have been combined in a cost-savings measure, Huntington County Clerk Fran Felts explains.

May 17 is assessment form deadline

Huntington County business owners and farmers have until May 17 to turn in forms listing their taxable personal property, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The assessor's office has mailed out reminder postcards but, in order to save on postage, the forms themselves will not be mailed out. Forms may be picked up in the assessor's office in Room 102 of the Huntington County Courthouse or downloaded at The assessor's office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Juillerat seeks to keep auditor post

Kathy Juillerat.
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Kathy Juillerat has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nod as Huntington County Auditor.
Juillerat has served as county auditor since January 2008.

She is a Huntington North High School graduate and holds an associate's degree in accounting.

Davenriner seeks to retain his seat on Huntington County Council

Don Davenriner.
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Don Davenriner, who is completing his second four-year term on Huntington County Council, has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to retain that position.

Davenriner represents the council's fourth district and currently serves as the vice chairman of the council. He also served as a district supervisor for the Soil and Water Conservation District for 18 years, spending 13 years as chairman of the board, and served eight years on the 4-H Fair Board.

Schoeff seeks position as county assessor

Don Schoeff.
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Donald D. Schoeff has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Assessor.

Schoeff, a retired Indiana State Police sergeant, says he has served the Huntington County community for more than 20 years as a County Commissioner, Andrews Town Council member, County Auditor and currently as a Huntington County Council member.

Each of those positions, he says, has given him "the knowledge and experience to realize the great need for change."

Banks a Republican candidate for 17th District post in Indiana Senate

Jim Banks has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 17th District seat in the Indiana Senate.

Banks, a resident of Columbia City, is a member of the Whitley County Council and serves as the Whitley County Republican chairman.

Banks and his wife Amanda are the parents of a six-month-old daughter, Lillian.

Fusselman a candidate for state office

Ron Fusselman has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as 50th District State Representative.

Fusselman is the owner of Coffee D'Vine in Huntington.
He and his wife Deneen Fusselman, a teacher, are the parents of seven children and, as such, have been active in Huntington North High School athletics and band events.

He is also active in the Huntington TEA Party.

Brenda Kitt a candidate for Dallas Trustee

Brenda Kitt has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Dallas Township Trustee.

The office would not be a new one for Kitt, who served one term as trustee for Dallas Township about 20 years ago.
Kitt has owned and operated Outdoor Outfitter for 18 years, which she says has given her a firm understanding of financial realities.

Updike a candidate to retain seat on council

Pam Updike.
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Pam Updike has announced her decision to run in the May primary as a Republican candidate for County Council District 3.

Updike has been involved in local politics for the past 16 years, serving two terms as Huntington County Clerk and one as Huntington city clerk-treasurer.

She is serving her first term on Huntington County Council.

Ray Williams a candidate for county recorder

Ray Williams.
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Ray Williams has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Recorder.

Williams, who is currently employed by Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, has held several public service positions in the past and says he saw the opening in the recorder's office as a chance to return to the public service arena.

Current Recorder Angie Garner has served the maximum number of terms allowed by law and can't run for re-election.

Leonard to run for a third term

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Incumbent Dan Leonard, of Huntington, has announced that he will seek a third term as Indiana state representative from the 50th District.

Leonard will seek the Republican nomination in the May primary.

Leonard, owner of South Side Furniture, in Huntington, is completing his eighth year in the Indiana General Assembly.

Leonard was raised in Huntington County and attended Lancaster Township, Bippus Junior High and Clear Creek Township schools before graduating from Huntington High School.