Primary season is fully upon us and with 24 hours left before the candidate filing deadline expires there are several interesting races forming.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am acting as a consultant on several races. I won’t tell you which ones. If you can figure it out, congratulations.
For the outsiders, Hendricks County is a red county that you would have to test at a cellular level to find any blue.
Yet, it still feels like a two-party county with differing allegiances formed over the years.
While there’s hardly any variance in ideology, there are some real personality clashes. Since they all happen on the same side of the two-party system, our primary becomes the general election for all intents and purposes.
There seems to be a renewed interest in elections with several notable politicians calling it quits. There seems to be renewed calls for throwing out bums. Whatever, there are several contested races which leads me to believe that the landscape will be cluttered with name-sporting signs.
One of the more interesting races is for Hendricks County Sheriff. During the last primary for this seat in 2006, former Brownsburg Chief of Police Dave Galloway took the Republican nomination from then Sheriff Jim Quearry. So now Quearry is attempting to return the favor with a primary challenge. A third challenger just filed. He is Tom Goode Sr. of North Salem.
For the open Hendricks County Commissioner seat of Dave Whicker, there are three contenders: Dan Devlin of Pittsboro, Gary Emsweller or Danville, and Bob Gentry of Lizton. I only know one of these gentlemen.
Myron Anderson, Jay Puckett, and Brad Whicker are running so far unopposed for the Hendricks County Council. Nancy Johnson who won the council seat four years ago is facing opposition from Ryan Cameron and former County Commissioner Rick Myers.
The Township Trustee races are quite interesting because this may be the last time they are on the ballot forever. The contentious ones are Brown Township (Brownsburg area) where two challengers are taking on Joyce McClain. The challengers are Scott Black and Troy Wymer.
Guilford Township (Plainfield) is pitting a Board member Chuck Ellis against the trustee since the 1980s Mick Hickam.
In Washington Township, it’s incumbent Ronnie Austin getting a challenge from Don Hodson, a long time Republican organizer here in the county.
Township Boards are also being contested for what could be the last time. In Center Township, the local librarian Loren Malloy is challenging the incumbents James Disney, Patsy Wynn, and Beth Harvey.
There are eight candidates vying for three seats in Washington Township (Avon). IN addition to two incumbents Steve Turner and Dave Jackson, there is Suzanne X. Conger, James Degan, Doug Elmore, Fred Hunt, Michael Lynch, and Fred Palmer. You might need a score card to hash this one out.
FInally, the Town Council races are becoming very contested. In Avon, incumbent Bev Austin is going to take on former council member Dave Cox. Next door, Dave Jackson is attempting a comeback over Council President Greg Zusan.
In Brownsburg, the race is heating up with former council member Charles Ratliff trying to win back his seat from Gary Hood who has been in the chair for four years.
Bill Sibbing, an incumbent, is trying to defend his chair from Dave Richardson.
In other county offices, the Prosecutor Pat Baldwin is facing a challenge from Brian Johnson who lists his town as Brownburg.
On the Democratic Party side of the ledge there are only a couple of filers locally. Len Behling of Plainfield is declaring his candidacy for the Guilford Township Board and Charles Bender wants to challenge whomever escapes from the three-way race for Hendricks County Council Republican nod between Nancy Johnson (I), Ryan Cameron, or Richard Myers.
There’s still a few more hours to file at the Clerk’s office. The deadline is noon tomorrow, but there’s enough going on that I wanted to update you. If anyone else files, we’ll pass it along here.
Methinks this is going to be an interesting season. Candidates who wish to post some information on my blog may contact me by email at pearcy.gus AT sbcglobal.net.