Contested Races Make for Interesting Primary


Pulaski County is sporting a few contested races during today’s Primary Election, but one party has a few more.

Indiana is in the national spotlight for its role in nominating each party’s presidential candidate. Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich will square off in a dwindling number of races prior to the GOP convention. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is facing Bernie Sanders.

Pulaski County voters, however, will have plenty of local races from which to choose candidates for elected office.

The District 1 County Commissioner’s race has received plenty of attention as Incumbent Terry Young is challenged by Jerry Locke and Ken Dunn. In the District 2 race, Incumbent Larry Brady is facing a primary challenge from Kenny Becker. The winning candidates will move onto November’s General Election to face the Democratic Party’s challenger.

The Pulaski County Council also has multiple Republican candidates seeking an At-Large seat this cycle. Ken Boswell, John Haley, Scott Hinkle, Incumbent Jay Sullivan, and Brian Young will be vying for one of three available seats before moving onto November’s General Election.

Jolynn Behny and Laura Wheeler are looking to fill the Pulaski County Auditor’s seat on the Republican side.

In national races, Incumbent Republican Jackie Walorski will defend her District 2 House of Representatives seat from Libertarian-leaning Jeff Petermann. The Democrats will choose between Doug Carpenter and Lynn Coleman for the same seat.

In the U.S. Senate, Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young are seeking the Republican Party’s nomination heading into November.

Polls close at 6:00 p.m. local time in the Hoosier state.

See the list of candidates here.