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December 23, 2013

Election primary fights shaping up

Five candidates form sheriff committees

ANDERSON – A Democrat who is a former Madison County sheriff and a Republican who has previously sought the office are among the early candidates to form campaign committees for the May 2014 primary.

Filing for the May primary officially begins on Jan. 8 and runs through Feb. 7.

At this early stage in the 2014 campaign there are possible primary battles in the Democratic party for the sheriff nomination and for the District 2 seat on the Madison County Council. The Republican Party appears set to have a battle for the nomination for sheriff.

Scott Mellinger is one of two candidates to have filed paperwork with the clerk’s office to form a campaign committee for the Democratic Party nomination for sheriff. Current Madison County Sheriff Department Maj. Brian Bell has also formed a committee.

Mellinger won election as sheriff in 1990 and won re-election in 1994. He won a seat in the Indiana House in 1998 and 2000. Mellinger resigned from the Legislature in 2001 to become the director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and currently serves as the training office for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. He filed a declaration of candidacy for the party’s sheriff nomination in 2006, but withdrew from the primary race.

Republican Sam Hanna, who has run for the office of sheriff numerous times in the primary and general election, is among three potential candidates for the office. Hanna, Bruce Dunham and Tony Boze have formed campaign committees.

Hanna, the current Elwood police chief, has run for the sheriff’s position in two Democrat and two Republican primaries in the past and has appeared twice on the general election ballot.

In another race, Brian K. Ball and Adam Jones have both formed committees to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the District 2 seat on the Madison County Council.

Democrat Buddy Patterson currently represents the district which includes Lafayette Township, the eastern portion of Anderson Township and the southern part of Union Township, including the town of Chesterfield.

Clayton Whitson has formed a committee to seek the party’s nomination for the District 1 seat on the council.

Republican David McCartney represents the district which includes the townships of Duck Creek, Boone, Van Buren, Pipe Creek, Monroe, Richland and the northern part of Union.

Contact Ken de la Bastide at, or call 640-4863.

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