SOUTHERN INDIANA — Clerks in Clark and Floyd counties say there was a good turnout of candidates filing for office this year, especially closer to the noon deadline Friday.
As of the deadline, there were 57 candidates running for 21 county-level seats in Clark and Floyd counties, five of the seats with incumbents challenged in the primary.
In the Clark County Council at-large race, Republican incumbent Kevin Vissing is facing three other Republicans for one of the three seats; four Democrats are also on the ticket. Republican Jack Coffman, incumbent Clark County Commissioner for District 2, will face Republican challenger Les Young in the primary; the winner will be up against Democrat HC Sellers.
Floyd County Council at-large Republican incumbent Dale DM Bagshaw will face Bill Fender, Nick Vaughn and Douglas Wacker in the Republican primary; since three are selected, Democratic incumbents Brad Striegel and Leslie Knable are expected to get seats in the primary along with Democrat Calle Janson.
Incumbent Republican Floyd County Commissioner John Schellenberger will face a primary test against Adam Roberts, a member of the Floyd County Council. The primary winner for the District 2 seat will face Democrat Jeremy Shumate in the fall.
At the state level, current Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb will face Brian D. Roth; the winner will be up against Woodrow (Woody) Meyers in the general election in November.
And although Trey Hollingsworth, Republican incumbent running for re-election as U.S. Representative for the 9th District doesn’t have a challenger in the primary, five Democrats are battling for the seat — D. Liam Dorris, Brandon Hood, James C, O’Gabhann, Mark J. Powell and Andy Ruff.
“I think we have a lot of concerned citizens in our community,” Floyd County Clerk Danita Burks said. “I think it is being well represented.”
She said there was a big push in candidates coming into her office to file their candidacy this week, as the Friday deadline loomed. Clark County Clerk Susan Popp saw a similar situation in her county, although she said it’s not unusual.
“I think there was increased activity today close to the filing deadline,” Popp said. “It was a slow start but it seemed to pick up towards the end for sure.”
Unique to Clark County this year is a public question on the ballot in 15 West Clark precincts regarding reorganization of the West Clark Community Schools District: “Shall West Clark Community Schools be divided into two independent school corporations — Silver Creek School Corporation and Borden-Henryville School Corporation — as provided in the reorganizations plan for West Clark Community Schools?”
Voters can get a Republican or Democrat ballot that includes the question, or if they prefer to not participate in either of these there is an option for a nonpartisan ticket with only this question.
“I do feel like that public question will bring out voters that do not vote,” Popp said. “But they have the option if they don’t like to vote in the primary they can absolutely vote a nonpartisan ballot.”