Several Primary Election races for voters to consider on May 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:16



Voters in the 2018 Primary Election scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 8, will find quite a selection of local nominees from which to choose candidates to represent their parties in November’s General Election.

One of what will be closely watched races on both the Democrat and Republican slates is the job of Scott County Sheriff.

Democrats vying for the position include Sgt. Jerry Goodin, currently a sergeant with the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post, and Sgt./Detective Steven Herald, who serves with the Scottsburg Police Department. Both graduated from Austin High School and have made law enforcement their life’s work.

On the Republican primary ticket will be Rickey L. Julian and Jacob D. Sanders. Julian’s name should be familiar since several in his family have served in the position over the years. He is employed as a mechanic with the Scott County Highway Department. Sanders is a deputy under current Sheriff Dan McClain.

A third Republican, current Chief Deputy Shawn S. Mayer, dropped out of the race two weeks ago. He is said to be contemplating a run for the office as an independent candidate. Mayer has until July 20 to register as an independent.

There is also a race on the Republican slate for District 3 County Commissioner, the seat held by Kelley Robbins, who died February 9. The local Democrat Party will conduct a caucus to determine who will serve out Robbins’ term, which ends December 31.

Former sheriff John C. Lizenby is the lone Democrat nominee for May 8. Three Republicans threw their hats in the primary ring, however. They include Eric Gillespie, who is currently serving as District 3 County Councilman, and newcomers John A. English and Gregory “Greg” Prince.

District 2 County Councilman Albert “Ab” Watts of Austin has a Democrat challenger this spring. She is Kershawna-Kay N. Romans of Scottsburg. No Republican is running in the primary for the seat.

The seat for County Council District 3 has attracted multiple primary candidates. Democrats vying include Jim Boswell and Pat Bridgewater. Both have served previously in county offices. Republicans are Rachael N. Hardin and Jeremy W. McDaniel.

Township board races in Jennings and Lexington Townships have developed in both parties for May 8. There are three seats open on each township board, which advises the person who serves as township trustee.

In Jennings Township, six Democrats, including incumbents Mahala “Haley” Baker, Matthew T. “Todd” Campbell and Donald A. Sipe, are running. Challengers are Jeremy E. Arnold, Kevin D. Salyers and Linda D. Spicer. Arnold is a law enforcement officer. A county worker, Salyers serves as Jennings Twp. Fire Department Chief. Spicer has served on the Scott School District 1 board of school trustees and ran recently for the Austin mayor’s job.

The lone Republican wanting to serve on the board is Joseph P. Guarneri, who is a deputy with the Sheriff’s Department.

In Lexington Township, there are four Democrat candidates, Lea A. Robbins Callico, Debra K. Conover, Charles M. “Mike” Higgins and incumbent John Kimmick. Republicans Aaron Bressler and Tammy Lowe Caudell, both incumbents, will be automatically listed for the General Election slate.

Locally, Democrats will also decide who will be the Democrat Precinct Committeeman for Lexington 1. The voters’ choice will be either Chaffee R. Miles, the incumbent, or his challenger, Guy M. Townsend. This is the only precinct committeeman’s job that is contested. It will be on Democrats’ ballots, but none of the unchallenged precinct committeemen nor Democrat and Republican state convention delegates will appear.

Democrat delegates include twin brothers Dalton and Dylan Baker of Austin, Taylor P. Stewart and Linda F. Wilson, both of Scottsburg, and Guy M. Townsend of Lexington. Republican delegates are Chris Albertson, Philip D. “David” Dowd and Scott County Republican Party Chairman Kenneth D. Hughbanks. All are of Scottsburg.

Local Democrats who filed for office and who have no primary challengers are listed below. Incumbents are designated with an (I):

County Auditor: Tammy Stout Johnson (I).

County Council, District 1: Donnie Richie (I).

County Council, District 4: Raymond W. Jones.

Prosecuting Attorney: Chris A. Owens (I).

State Representative, District 66: Terry Goodin (I).

Finley Township Board: Shawn Hurt (I) and John M. Robbins Jr. (I).

Johnson Township Board: Glenda Buckner (I), Lonnie Combs (I), Linda K. Smith (I).

Finley Township Trustee: Misty Brunner (I).

Jennings Township Trustee: Virgil Johnson (I).

Johnson Township Trustee: Robbie Combs (I).

Lexington Township Trustee: Danny Basham (I).

Vienna Township Trustee: Marsha L. Miller-Smith.

Vienna Township Advisory Board: Rosie Alsup (I), Mark Hays and Sam H. LaMaster.

The Republican Primary slate will include:

County Assessor: Diana Cozart (I).

County Council, District 1: Justin Cheatham.

County Council, District 4: Christopher D. “Chris” Albertson (I).

Vienna Township Trustee: Gordon Julian (I).

Vienna Township Advisory Board: Doug Corum (I), Yvonne Dowd and Scott A. Zellers (I).


Clark candidates file for upcoming election PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:29

Voters now know who will appear on their ballot when they head to the polls for the primary election on Tuesday, May 8.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:30
Warrant-wanted felon found with friends in pickup truck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:26

Three men in a pickup truck were arrested by Scottsburg police on Wednesday night, February 7.

Three charged in Scottsburg home burglary after investigation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:26

Three people have been charged in a Scottsburg burglary of a home last Christmas Eve, December 24.

WCCS Board discusses redistricting, tax rate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:24

The West Clark Community School Board held their regular board meeting Thursday evening, February 8 at Silver Creek Elementary School. The Board worked through some regular business before hearing a presentation regarding redistricting and what would occur with the tax rate according to the possible different district boundaries.

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