The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Politics

January 12, 2014

Primary battles taking shape

15 candidates file for state, county offices

ANDERSON – In the early stages of filing for the upcoming primary, there appears to be at least three contested races for party nominations for county offices.

Through the first three days of filing for the May 6 primary, 15 candidates have filed for either state or county offices. Nine Republicans and six Democrats have filed with the Madison County Clerk’s Office or Indiana Secretary of State as of Friday.

Two Republicans, Steven Sumner and Mike Phipps, have filed their declarations of candidacy for the party’s nomination for the District 2 seat on the Madison County Council.

The District 2 seat is currently filled by Democrat Buddy Patterson, who has not filed his candidacy for re-election. Prior to the start of filing two other Democrats, Brian K. Ball and Adams Jones, formed campaign committees through the clerk’s office for the nomination. Neither Ball nor Jones has filed for the primary election.

Democrat Larry “Dick” Symmes has filed for the party’s nomination for the District 3 seat on the Madison County Council, which has been held for many years by current council President John Bostic.

Two Democrats have filed for their party nomination to possibly challenge incumbent Republicans on the county council.

Clayton Whitson has filed for the District 1 council seat nomination. The position is currently held by Republican David McCartney.

Former county councilman Larry Higgins has filed for the Democratic Party nomination for the District 4 seat, which is currently held by Republican Rick Gardner.

McCartney and Gardner have not filed candidate declarations during the first three days of the filing period.

As expected, there are potential primary fights for the nomination for Madison County sheriff in both parties. Incumbent Democrat Ron Richardson is prohibited by the Indiana Constitution from running for a third term.

Republicans Bruce Dunham and Sam Hanna and Democrats Brian Bell and Scott Mellinger have entered their parties’ primaries.

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