The races are set for May’s primary elections. In Starke County, one hotly-contested office is county clerk. Current auditor Kay Chaffins is challenging incumbent Vicki Cooley for the Democratic party nomination. The winner would presumably face Republican Bernadette Welter-Manuel in November’s general election.
A Railroad Township Trustee candidate is now out of the race, but another name has been added. John Harris is officially off the ballot following a pair of challenges against his campaign, according to Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley. She says the Starke County Election Board reviewed the challenges Friday and determined that Harris was not an eligible candidate for the May primary.
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will welcome some new members next week. Last Friday, Gerald Bacon was appointed as Jackson Township’s representative. The township board chose Bacon over Denise Cultice, after current school board member Michael Shireman did not seek reappointment.
The Railroad Township Board has once again voted to appoint Susan McCormack to the North Judson-San Pierre School Board, but this time, they did it legally. They originally made the decision last week, but didn’t take the vote in public, as required by law. So board members met again Thursday to rescind that action and do it again in public.
The Railroad Township Advisory Board chose a North Judson-San Pierre school board member last night, but there are questions about how the process was handled. Continue reading
The Railroad Township Advisory Board will meet this evening to fill a seat on the North Judson-San Pierre School Board. Continue reading
The process of appointing North Judson-San Pierre School Board members was discussed during Wednesday’s Railroad Township Advisory Board meeting. School officials, as well as local residents, are considering whether the appointed school board should be changed to an elected one. Continue reading
Starke County voters can learn where candidates for local office stand on issues during a series of weekend forums. Larry and Deb Wappel are sponsoring the events in Knox, North Judson and Hamlet. She says the candidates will be asked tough questions about things like their leadership philosophy, what sets them apart from others running for the same office and how they will pay for any sort of new program or service they are proposing. The candidates were given the prepared questions in advance. Audience members will also have a chance to submit written questions for the candidates. A bipartisan panel will screen them and make sure they are respectful. Continue reading
Comedian Jeff Allen is coming to Starke County.
He is bringing his critically acclaimed “Apostles of Comedy” tour to the North Judson-San Pierre High School, on Friday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m. You may have seen him on Comedy Central, VH-1, Showtime, TBN, Family Net or other networks. He has performed for our troops on aircraft carriers and ships in the Indian Ocean and he has been featured at the National Prayer Brakfast in Washington, D.C. and performed for George W. Bush’s Inaugural in 2005.