Primary ballots complete

Monday, February 8, 2016

Putnam County voters will go to the booth for the Tuesday, May 3 with only two contested local races and only a handful coming from any higher level of government.

Both contested races are on the Republican side, with no candidates for local office at all from the Democratic Party.

Incumbent GOP District 3 County Commissioner Don Walton will face a challenge from Cloverdale Town Marshal Mike Clark in the primary.

Likewise, four men will be vying for three GOP nominations for Putnam County Council at large, with incumbents Gene Beck, Phil Gick and Larry Parker and challenger Jim Wright seeking the three seats.

Unopposed local candidates include four incumbents in Putnam Circuit Court Judge Matt Headley, Auditor Lorie Hallett, Coroner Dave Brown and District 1 Commissioner Dave Berry, as well as Kathy Minnick seeking the office of Putnam County Treasurer.

Additional local offices on the GOP ballot are 22 people seeking 11 spots at the State Republican Convention, as well as 2o different unopposed bids for precinct committeemen.

The only contested race for precinct committeeman pits Walton against Daniel Hofman in Cloverdale 3.

Other contested races on the ballot include the nine remaining Republican candidates for U.S. president, although several of those are sure to have dropped out by early May.

The U.S. Senate race to replace Dan Coats is shaping up between Republicans Eric Holcomb, Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young, and in U.S. House District 4, incumbent Todd Rokita has been challenged from within his own party by Kevin Grant.

In State Senate District 24, Pete Miller also faces a challenge inside the party from John Crane.

District 37 Sen. Rodric Bray and District 44 State Rep. Jim Baird are unopposed in the GOP primary.

Gov. Mike Pence will not be opposed in his re-election bid until the fall.

On the Democrat side, no local intrigue exists on the ballot. The only Democrat to file in the local voter registration office was Steve Shotwell, filing to be a delegate at the Democrat State Convention.

Just two contested races exist anywhere on the Democrat ballot, with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both seeking the party's nod for president.

The other race is in House District 4, where John Dale and Ryan Farrar are both seeking the nomination.

On a note of local interest, Kim Fidler of Greencastle is seeking the District 44 state representative seat.

The only other two names appearing anywhere on the Democratic ballot will be John Gregg for governor and Baron Hill for U.S. Senate.

Putnam County Republican Primary Ballot

Jeb Bush
Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
Carly Fiorina
John R. Kasich
Rand Paul
Marco Rubio
Donald J. Trump
U.S. Senator
Eric Holcomb
Marlin A. Stutzman
Todd Young
Michael R. Pence
State Senate District 24
John Crane
Peter J. "Pete" Miller
U.S. House District 4
Kevin J. Grant
Todd Rokita
State Senate District 37
Rodric D. Bray
State Representative District 44
James (Jim) Baird
Judge of Circuit Court
Matthew L. Headley
Lorie Hallett
Kathy Minnick
David R. (Dave) Brown
Commissioner District 1
David E. Berry
Commissioner District 3
Mike Clark
Donald K. Walton
County Council At-Large (Vote for 3)
Gene R. Beck
Phillip J. (Phil) Gick
Larry L. Parker
Jim Wright
Republican State Convention Delegates (Vote for 11)
Beau Baird
James (Jim) Baird
Tim Bookwalter
H. Keith Berry
Scott F. Bieniek
Jack D. Billman
Joan P. Billman
Marsha S. Carrington
Clyde Coulter
Joshua Coulter
James W. Ensley
Gerald E. Ensor
Laura Hatton
Jennifer S. Jackson
Rex A. Jackson
Justin Long
Harry Maginity
Michael J. Noble
Jess L. Norton
Gary Redmon
Haywood Ware
Mr. Shiloh R. Worth
Precinct Committeemen
Russell: Jess L. Norton
Franklin South: Clyde Coulter
Jackson: James Hipsher
Clinton: Gerald E. Ensor
Monroe West: Karen Griffin
Floyd West: Marsha S. Carrington
Floyd East: Mr. Shiloh R. Worth
Greencastle North: Scott F. Bieniek
First North: Clyde Wallace (Wally) Hinkle
Second West: James W. Ensley
Second East: Carol Sweet
Third West: Haywood Ware
Fourth West: Justin Long
Fourth East: Tyler J. Wade
Madison: Kathleen VanArsdale
Foxridge: Joan Billman
Limedale: John Kass
Marion South: Tim Bookwalter
Warren: H. Keith Berry
Cloverdale 2: Jenni Artis
Cloverdale 3: Daniel D. Hofmann, Donald K. Walton

Putnam County Democrat Primary Ballot

Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator
Baron Hill
U.S. House District 4
John Dale
Ryan Farrar
John R. Gregg
State Representative District 44
Kimberly Anne Fidler
Democratic State Convention Delegates (Vote for 8)
Steve Shotwell

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