The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Politics

January 9, 2014

11 candidates file for Madison County primary races

Dems hoping to gain county posts

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Democrat Larry Higgins filed for the party’s nomination in District 4 on the council; the seat is currently held by Gardner.

Russ Willis, chairman of the Madison County Republican Party, said he hopes people realize the good job those elected officials have done since 2010.

“They have done a good job and will continue if re-elected,” he said.

Willis said he has had conversations with potential candidates for the county council seats and the judgeship of Circuit Court, Division 2.

During the 2010 and 2012 election cycles there was some contention between mainstream Republicans and the tea party organization in the county.

“Republicans appreciate some of the positions of the tea party group,” Willis said. “Not necessarily all of their positions. There needs to be a balance.

“The Republican Party can provide representation for that voting bloc,” he said.

Willis said the issue in the past was the process of nominating candidates and not on the party’s position on the issues facing the county.

“We’re focusing on all races,” Ludy Watkins, the chairman of the Madison County Democratic Party, said Tuesday. “We’re looking for people interested in running right now. We’ve had a couple of candidate meetings.”

Watkins said the 2010 election was a tough year for Democratic Party candidates in Madison County and around the nation.

“It has to be better,” she said of the 2014 election cycle.

Two Republicans filed for township offices. Phil Herbig filed for the Anderson Township trustee nomination and Stephen Schuyler filed for a board seat in Adams Township.

Follow Ken de la Bastide @KendelaBastide on Twitter, or call 640-4863.

These are the political offices that will be contested in the May 6 primary election in Madison County, according to the Madison County Clerk's office. U.S. Representative 5th District State Senator, District 25 State Senator, District 26 State Representative, District 32 State Representative, District 35 State Representative, District 36 State Representative, District 53 Judge of Circuit Court, Division 1 Judge of Circuit Court, Division 2 Judge of Circuit Court, Division 4 Judge of Circuit Court, Division 5 Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Madison County Clerk Madison County Recorder Madison County Treasurer Madison County Sheriff Madison County Assessor Madison County Commissioner, South District Madison County Council, District 1 Madison County Council, District 2 Madison County Council, District 3 Madison County Council, District 4 Ingalls Town Council, at large (2 seats) Lapel Town Council, at large (2 seats) Pendleton Town Council, District 3 Pendleton Town Council, at large Adams Township, trustee and three board members Anderson Township, trustee and three board members Boone Township, trustee and three board members Duck Creek Township, trustee and three board members Fall Creek Township, trustee and three board members Green Township, trustee and three board members Jackson Township, trustee and three board members Lafayette Township, trustee and three board members Monroe Township, trustee and three board members Pipe Creek Township, trustee and three board members Stony Creek Township, trustee and three board members Union Township, trustee and three board members Van Buren Township, trustee and three board members

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