Races Develop In Primary Elections

Three primary races have developed in Jackson County when more candidates began tossing their hat into the ring.
A race for County Commissioner District 3 on the Republican ticket will be contested in May. Incumbent commissioner Monte Striegel of Medora now faxes opposition in the Republican Primary from Matt Reedy of Freetown. Reedy is an incumbent County Councilman at large.
Two primary races have evolved on the Democrat side. In the District 73 House of Representatives race Doug Leatherbury and Ryan Bower, both of Salem filed to seek the Democratic nomination. Vernon Township is not a part of HD 73.
The other Democrat race will pit Todd Baker of Seymour against incumbent Curt Kovener of Crothersville for Vernon Township Trustee.
Potential candidates have until noon on Friday, Feb. 19 to file candidacy papers with the Jackson County Clerk.
Ralph Hillenburg filed to seek the Crothersville School board seat from District 3. that he currently holds.
The Districts up for election in May include District 2, the area north of County Road 500 S and south of State Road 250; District 3 the area inside the town limits east of US 31; and District 5 the area south of County Road 500 S outside of the town of Crothersville.
Others who have newly filed to run for state, county or township offices as of noon Monday include:
Incumbent Republican Rick Poynter has filed to seek re-election at Jackson County Prosecutor on the Republican ticket.
Incumbent Republican Driftwood Township Trustee Carol Wheeler has filed to seek another term of office.
On the Democrat side, incumbent county assessor Bev Gaitor filed to seek another term as did County Councilman from District 4 Greg Prange.
Incumbents Karen Metz and Scott Kovener have filed to run for Vernon Township Board on the Democrat ticket.