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.
The first day of candidate filing ended with a few contested races in Starke County. District 2 County Commissioner Don Binkley has filed to run for reelection. He faces opposition from county council member Bryan Cavender. Meanwhile, Dale Conley and Howard A. Bailey Jr. have both filed for the County Council District 2 seat.
One of the employees at the Starke County Highway Department was recently awarded the 2017 Most Influential Woman of Northwest Indiana.
Rachel Oesterreich was the winner in the Economic Development and Government category of the award. She is the office manager at the highway department.
Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners Monday night that she is very deserving of the award.
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