Races Heating Up As Candidate Filing Enters Final Week

Candidate filing for the May primary heads into its final week. The race for Starke County Council is starting to heat up, with four Republicans filed for the three available at-large seats. They include Don Binkley, Sam Byer, Todd Lienbach, and incumbent Kay Gudeman. Voters will have to narrow that list down to three during the primary. As it currently stands, the winners would face Democrats Chuck Estok and Karl Swihart in November.

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Starke County Treasurer’s Race Up to Three Candidates, As Primary Filing Continues

The ballot for the May primary is starting to take shape. In Starke County, the most hotly-contested office so far appears to be county treasurer. Incumbent Kay Chaffins is running for her first full term, but she faces a Democratic primary challenge from Monica Miller. As it currently stands, the winner would face Republican Tom DeCola in November’s General Election.

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Candidate Filings for 2014 Election to Begin Soon


It won’t be long now and those choosing to run for office will be lining up at the county clerk’s office to file intentions to run for office.

Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski said the first day to file for candidacy is Jan. 8, 2014. Several offices are up for election this year in Starke County including prosecutor, auditor, sheriff, coroner, clerk, assessor, county commissioner district 2, county council districts 1-4, and Center Township assessor. The at-large and North Bend Township seats on the Culver Community School Board are open, as well as the California Township, Washington Township and Center Township Seat 1 on the Knox Community School Board and the District 1-3 seats on the Oregon-Davis School Board.

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