Several Elected Officials Unopposed Heading into Final Week of Candidate Filing

With less than a week left for candidates to file to run in the May primary, many incumbents remain unopposed. As of Friday afternoon, the only local contested race was for Knox clerk-treasurer. Colleen Hodge and Cyndi Mann-Kidder are vying for the Democratic Party nomination, according to the Starke County Clerk’s Office. Incumbent Jeff Houston is not seeking another term.

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First Day of Filing Ends with Three Candidates for Knox Offices

Three Democrats filed to run for office in the City of Knox on the first day of filing Wednesday. Mayor Dennis Estok and District 3 City Council Member Jeff V. Berg both filed for reelection, according to the Starke County Clerk’s Office, while Colleen A. Hodge filed to run for clerk-treasurer. Incumbent Jeff Houston is not seeking another term.

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JoLynn Behny Named Pulaski County Clerk

Pulaski County Republican Party Chair Dan Murphy congratulates JoLynn Behny, following her selection as county clerk.

Pulaski County has a new clerk. JoLynn Behny was selected for the position during a Republican Party caucus Tuesday. “Thank you very much,” she told precinct committee members after her selection was announced. “I will do my best to live up to your expectations and support the Republican Party and push the county forward. Thank you very much.”

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Pulaski County Commissioners Renew Court Technology Agreements for 2019

Pulaski County has renewed some court technology agreements for 2019. Last week, the commissioners approved and signed the annual equipment and database maintenance agreements with CSI, at the request of Lynn Wilder with the Clerk’s Office. “It is $10,886 for the maintenance agreement on the equipment, which includes the servers, the scanners, and such, and the database agreement is $1,520,” she explained. “This is the same as what we’ve had previously. It’s just a renewal.”

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Pulaski County Election Board Certifies General Election Results

Pulaski County Election Board Chairperson Patty Sullivan, Jessye Gilley, and proxy Lynn Wilder

Pulaski County’s General Election results were officially certified by the county election board last week. Lynn Wilder with the Clerk’s Office says the process is mainly a formality, since the necessary paperwork had already been submitted to the state. As part of the certification process, Wilder says the board members signed a printout of the election results, which then has to be kept in the county’s records for a certain period of time.

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Absentee Voting Begins in Starke, Pulaski Counties

The November General Election is three weeks away, but hundreds of local voters have already cast their ballots. Pulaski County has had 143 early ballots cast, as of Monday afternoon. Officials in the Clerk’s Office say that’s a higher number than average. Meanwhile, the Starke County Clerk’s Office says 250 people have voted in-person, along with 232 mail-in ballots.

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Today is the Final Day You Can Register to Vote in the November General Election!

Today is the absolute last day that voters can register or update their registration information. Even if you think you’re registered, you should double check to make sure all the listed information is accurate.

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for General Election

Those who’d like to vote in next month’s General Election but are not registered have one more week to get that done. The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9. Residents have until the close of business that day to register at their county clerk’s office, or until midnight to register online at On that website, you can also check and see whether you’re already registered.

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Pulaski County Election Board Sets Early Voting Hours for General Election

The Pulaski County Election Board has set early voting hours, ahead of November’s General Election. The early voting period runs from October 10 through November 5. During that time, in-person absentee voting will take place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. EDT at the Pulaski County Justice Center in Winamac.

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Pulaski County Council Finalizes Local Funding Match for Arens Field Upgrades

Funding arrangements for upgrades to Arens Field are back in place, following action by the Pulaski County Council last week. The airport is in the process of getting more than $200,000 worth of improvements. Pulaski County only has to pay five percent of the cost, since the rest will be covered in state and federal grants. However, much of the local match was apparently cut from this year’s budget.

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Absentee Voting Continues in Pulaski and Starke Counties

Primary Election day is just around the corner, and while some people will be venturing to the polls on May 8th, there are many people in Starke and Pulaski counties who have opted to vote early.

The Pulaski County Clerk’s Office reported that, as of Saturday afternoon, 22 ballots have been cast by mail, 35 individuals have cast ballots by travel board and 204 in-person absentee ballots have been cast.

According to the Starke County Clerk’s Office, between April 10th and April 28th, 21 ballots have been cast through the travel board, 39 mail-in ballots have been received and there were a total of 356 ballots cast by walk-ins. Continue reading

Absentee Voting Underway in Starke, Pulaski Counties

With Primary Election Day still over two weeks away, many voters are choosing to cast their ballots early. The Starke County Clerk’s Office says 177 in-person absentee ballots had been cast as of Friday afternoon. Another 31 had voted by mail and 11 by travel board. In Pulaski County, 96 people had voted in-person and 49 by mail, according to the Clerk’s Office.

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