The races are officially on in Indiana and Daviess County. Filing season has opened for candidates for the May primary.
“This is the big election,” said Nancy Alderson, deputy clerk. “This one is for president, governor, legislative races and county offices.”
Among the first three candidates to file were Ron Arnold for Daviess County Commissioner First District, Jamie Chapman for treasurer and Rosetta Newton for recorder.
Arnold spent several years heading up the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. Chapman is the current recorder but is term-limited. Newton has worked in the recorder’s office for 14 years. The last eight of those were as the chief deputy. Arnold, Chapman and Newton all filed as Republicans.
As soon as the county council meeting wrapped up on the second floor, the three Daviess County Council At-large representatives filed for re-election. Mike Sprinkle has served on the council for several years, but says he is not done.
“From my perspective, Jo Ann (McCracken), Kent (Norris) and I had talked and all decided we wanted to run again and be part of this great Daviess County and help keep it moving, so we thought we’d file together as a team,” said Sprinkle as he filled out his paperwork.
Kent Norris is completing his first term as the newly elected president of the county council.
“I have one term behind me and definitely want to go for two terms,” said Norris as he filed. “If things work out, we will see what will happen after that. It’s been a great council to work with. I had no second thoughts about not running again. It’s been a quick three years and I expect the fourth year to go quickly as well. It’s been enjoyable to serve the tax payers in Daviess County.”
Jo Ann McCracken spent eight years as the county auditor before joining the council.
“I just love serving Daviess County and love being a part of county government,” said McCracken. “I like to be a part of the team in helping Daviess County grow and be a better place for the future.”
Norris, McCracken and Sprinkle are all Republicans.
Local offices on the ballot this year will include the treasurer, recorder, coroner, surveyor, commissioner district one and commissioner district three, plus the three county council at-large seats. Candidates have until noon on Feb. 7 to file for a spot on the May primary ballot.
The clerk’s office is also open for people to register to vote through April 6. “Early voting begins on April 7,” said Alderson. “That will continue through May 4.”