The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Politics

July 1, 2014

Six Libertarians on fall ballot

Candidates seek council, commissioner and sheriff roles

ANDERSON – The Madison County Libertarian Party has filed declarations of candidacy for six candidates in the November general election on Monday.

The Madison County Republican Party conducted a caucus on Sunday and filed several ballot vacancies for township offices.

Greg Noland, chairman of the local Libertarian Party, said the party conducted a convention in April and filled the ballot vacancies with the Madison County clerk’s office.

“This is the most candidates we’ve had at the local level,” Noland said. “We have candidates at every level of government this year.”

Madison County Republican Party Chairman Russ Willis said the Libertarian Party candidates won’t have a huge impact in the general election.

“There will be a few people that vote for them,” he said. “The perception is they might hurt the Republican Party candidates, but history doesn’t bear that out.”

Tim Basey, a member of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, is running for the position of sheriff against Republican Bruce Dunham and Democrat Scott Mellinger.

Carletta Morrison is running for the South District seat on the Madison County Board of County Commissioners against incumbent Republican Steffanie Owens and Democrat Deena Watkins.

Alexandria resident Daniel J. Ferris is seeking the District 1 seat on the Madison County Council against Democrat Clayton Whitson and Republican Tom Shepherd. Shepherd defeated incumbent David McCartney in the primary. Ferris ran in 2012 for the North District commissioner position.

Tracey Walser and her husband, Robert Walser, are running for seats on the Anderson Township Board. They are running against Republican Bob Ivy and Democrats Larry Russell, Kim Townsend and Jannette Mansfield-Stith.

Richard Brown is running for one of the three seats on the Fall Creek Township Board. Republican David Martin is running for election along with Democrats Keith Gaskill and Tim Pritchard.

The Republican Party selected the following candidates for the November ballot: Bill England, Richland Township trustee; Bob Rogers, Monroe Township board; Jessica Berner, Van Buren Township trustee; and Jessica Smith for an at-large seat on the Pendleton Town Council.

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