> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
It will be a crowded field on the primary ballots of Clark and Floyd County residents.
The deadline for candidates to file for the primary election, which will be held May 8, was noon Friday. Along with local county races, Hoosiers will get the chance to weigh in on multiple state races and the presidential election.
Among the candidates that will appear on Indiana ballots for the Republican presidential primary are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Patricia Inez Standifer and Rick Santorum. President Barack Obama is the lone candidate appearing on May’s Democratic primary ballot.
State, federal races
A number of the state’s incumbents will have challengers in the May primary. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will face challenger Richard Mourdock in the Republican primary. The winner is set to face off against Democrat Joe Donnelly in the November general election.
There is a crowded field running to be the U.S. Congressional Representative from Indiana’s 9th District.
Incumbent Republican Todd Young will face one challenger in May’s primary, Regina Parrella-DeWilde. The Democratic field is a race between four candidates, Jonathan George, John Griffin Miller, John W. Tilford and Robert R. Winningham.
The state’s gubernatorial candidates are unchallenged in their respective primary elections, setting up a race in November between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg to see who will replace outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Two of the races for Indiana’s House of Representatives will be unchallenged in the primary election.
Incumbent Terry Goodin, D-District 66, and Incumbent Steve Stemler, D-District 71, are unopposed in the primary and no candidate has filed yet to run against them in the general election. The primary for house district 73 will also be uncontested, but incumbent Steve Davisson, Republican, will face Sandra Blanton, Democrat, in the general election.
In house district 70, the Democratic primary will be contested, with Alva “Jim” Kincaid Jr. facing Terry L. Miller. The winner of the Democratic primary will face incumbent Republican Rhonda Rhoads in the November election.