Today is Election Day across Indiana. Although “early voting” has been going on for several weeks, today is the final day to cast your ballot in the Primary Election. The Primary Election is an election by the political parties to nominate their candidates for the General Election ballot. No one is elected in a Primary election; candidates are nominated.
Primary elections give you, the voter, the opportunity to decide who from a pool of candidates should ultimately be nominated to run in the general election.
This year in the Primary, most offices are uncontested at this time and some are contested.
In our listening area, the contested race is for US Congress 9th District with 3 Democrats running for the nomination: Adnan Dhahir (da-her), Ray McCormick, and Peter Priest. And for State Representatives in District 65 between Republicans John Lee and Chris May and in District 45 between Republicans Bruce Borders and Jeff Ellington. In Dubois County, Republicans will vote for either Anthony Quinn or Kevin Crouse for Superior Court Judge and in District 2 for Darren Patterson or Ryan Craig for County Council. In Spencer County, the contested race is on the Republican side for Santa Claus Town Council voting for two between Michael Johannes, Jason Little, and Brian Warran. In Pike County on the Republican ticket votes are nominating candidates for County Council Dist 1 between Randy Harris and Jared Furman and Dist 3 between Max Elliot and Jim Johns. Martin County has county council races in District 2 between Democrats John Collins and Paul George and on the Republican side in District 2 between Jim Hamby, Gerald Montgomery, and Buck Stiles. In Martin County District 4 Republican votes choose either Andrew Beaver and Sheri Bowling. Orange County will have Republican voters choosing the candidate for sheriff with David Henderson, Dean Lynk and Thomas McCracken running, and in District 2 Republican voters choose Richard England or CJ Fleenor and in District 2 Amy Doan and Catherine McBride-Henderson.
Election polling places close at 6 pm local time this evening. Unfortunately, a low voter turnout is expected. Consider your vote important and please vote today.