Challenger Withdraws from Starke County Race


Cross one candidate off the list in Starke County. Republican Tim Brettin has withdrawn from the treasurer’s race, according to staff in the clerk’s office. That leaves incumbent Democrat Kasey Clark unopposed in the November election.

Primary elections will take place Tuesday, May 3. In-person absentee voting starts 28 days prior to elections. Prospective voters have until April 4th to either register or update their information.

A complete list of local candidates follows:

Starke County Commissioner District 1

(I) Kathy Norem (R)

Pete J. (Buddy) Ringle, Jr. (D)

Lonnie Boley (D)

Starke County Commissioner District 3

Karen Tibbs (D)

Anthony R. Bailey (D)

Robert G. Manning (D)

Tony Minix (D)

Kenneth Arnett (D)

Joseph Woods (D)

Charles Chesak (R)

Starke County Council-at-Large

(I) Bryan Cavender (R)

(I) Freddie Baker (D)

(I) Robert Sims (D)

“Al” Barrera (D)


(I) Bill Crase, Jr. (D)

Rusty Poort (D)


(I) Kasey Clark (D)

(I) denotes incumbent

Precinct Committeemen candidates: Jacqueline Masterson, Center 1; Dave V. Kesvormas and Larry Jernas, Davis; Rutherford Byron Walters, North Bend; Roy McCray, Oregon 1; Peggy J. (Peg) Brettin, Washington 2; C. Jerome (Jerry) Jernas, Wayne 1; Brenda Stanojevic, Wayne 2; Don White and Gregory Wireman, Wayne 3.

State Convention Delegate candidates: Jacqueline Masterson, at-large, Center 1; Dave V. Kesvormas, at-large, Davis; Bernadette Welter-Manuel, at-large, Washington 2; Brenda Stanojevic, at-large, Wayne 2; Gregory Wireman, at-large, Wayne 3; Christopher Lee, at-large, Wayne 4.