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Filing process brings out candidates

January 15, 2014 | 08:33 AM

Residents who wish to be candidates in 2014 have had nearly a week to sign up to run for office in Harrison County, and, so far, a good number of them have already done so.

The deadline to file, which can be done in the Harrison County Clerk's office, at 300 N. Capitol Ave. in the downtown Corydon courthouse, is noon Friday, Feb. 7.

Democrat Terry Miller files to run for the District 3 Board of Commissioners seat yesterday morning (Tuesday) as fellow Democrats, left to right, Kyle Byrne (Spencer Township trustee candidate), Bill Lyskowinski (Franklin Township trustee incumbent) and Carl Attwood (Harrison County sheriff candidate) wait to complete their paperwork. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

Republican Debra S. Dones files to run for Harrison County treasurer Wednesday, Jan. 8, along with Karen Engleman (Harrison County auditor incumbent), background, Joseph (Joe) L. Claypool (Harrison County superior court judge candidate) and Gary Davis, far right (Harrison County Council District 2 incumbent). Photo submitted by Scott Fluhr (click for larger version)
A number of Republicans went as a group Wednesday morning to sign up, including many incumbents — Auditor Karen S. Engleman, Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye, District 1 County Councilman Phil Smith, District 2 County Councilman Gary Davis and District 4 County Councilman Ralph E. Sherman — and one who is seeking office, Debra S. Dones, who filed in the treasurer's race. (Democrat Carol Ann Hauswald is the incumbent but is not eligible to seek re-election due to term limits.)

Three other Republicans — incumbent Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk, Superior Court Judge candidate Joseph L. (Joe) Claypool (Democrat Roger D. Davis is the incumbent) and District 47 Senate seat candidate Harris Lloyd (Tad) Whitis (Richard D. Young Jr., D-Milltown, is the incumbent) — were also on hand to sign in, but all three had to officially file in Indianapolis, which they have since done.

Yesterday morning (Tuesday), a number of Democrats gathered to file as a group. Among them were Terry Miller, for District 3 Commissioner, and Carl Attwood for sheriff.

Incumbent Democrat Lorena A. (Rena) Stepro, who last week filed to run again for assessor, and Democrat Leisa J. Emily, who filed for treasurer, were on hand to support the other candidates.

Others in attendance were Rachel Armstrong of Corydon, who plans to run for Harrison County prosecutor, and Indiana Ninth District Congressional seat candidates Jeff Miller and Bill Bailey. Those candidates must file in Indianapolis.

Democrat county chairman Alva (Jim) Kincaid said he thinks the party has a good chance at taking a council seat or two, possibly with Donnie Hussung in District 2 (Franklin and Jackson townships). Hussung, who has not yet filed, has publicly expressed his intent to run. Kincaid also liked Miller's chances in the commissioner's race.

Scott Fluhr, who chairs the Harrison County Republicans, said one of the races he is focusing on is the superior court judge race and hopes to oust Davis, whom he described as the last of the "Deatrick Democrats," referring to former Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick.

Also seeking re-election are Young, a six-term incumbent, and Rhonda Rhoads, R-Corydon, who is completing her second term as District 70 State Representative.

Some of the county's 12 townships already have candidates.

Those who have filed for township trustee positions are incumbent Steven E. Smith (Posey Township), incumbent Joseph E. Martin (Jackson Township), incumbent Wayne Gettelfinger (Taylor Township) and Kyle Byrne and Bruce Hawkins, both for Spencer Township.

Candidates for township advisory boards as of yesterday at noon are: Jessica Terry, who was appointed recently to fulfill a vacancy on the Boone Township board, and incumbents Dale (Chip) White and Charles D. Sell, both in Franklin Township.

The Primary Election will be Tuesday, May 6, and the General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The list of filed candidates is updated daily and can be found online at

For more information or any voter registration inquiries, call Harrison County Clerk Sally Whitis at 738-4289.

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    January 16, 2014 | 09:38 AM

    Looks like Roger Davis isn't the last of the Deatrick Democrats. Carl Attwood was the #2 in the sheriff's reserves under Mike Deatrick. I'd say that qualifies him as a Deatrick Democrat, too.

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    January 17, 2014 | 05:51 PM

    What an idiotic statement by Mr. Fluhr referring to Judge Davis as the last of the "Deatrick Democrats". Just another example of partisan politics that does nothing but bog down our local, state and federal governments.

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    January 18, 2014 | 11:01 PM

    I don't know about him being a Deatrick Democrat, but Roger Davis has been in office for 18 years. That's long enough for anybody. If reelected, he will have been in office for almost a quarter of a century. It's time for someone new.

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    Filing Process
    January 19, 2014 | 06:29 AM

    Ronald Reagan once said, "There you go again." It seems our Republican County Chairman is at it again. On the first day of sign up for candidates he had to spew negative vibes about the Honorable Judge Davis. Four years ago, he was asked why he had to dwell so much on negatives. He answered "negativism wins elections." If that is true, it is a sad commentary on our county voters. I wonder how many last-week character assassination cards he will send out t his year.

    Gordon Pendleton
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    January 19, 2014 | 10:44 AM


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    January 19, 2014 | 04:01 PM

    JR, You might ask Klinstiver the same question. Also Davis and Sherman seem to have been on the Council a great number of years.

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    January 20, 2014 | 09:37 AM

    Seems to me that truth wins elections. And when you're a good old boy in Harrison County, the truth often hurts. Like what (JR) said about Terry Miller's relations working on the county payroll, or how Roger Davis could campaign alongside Mike Deatrick and work in the same building as him for eight years.

    There are honest public servants in both parties (Gordon Pendleton, Ralph Sherman, and Gary Davis among them). But the Democrats keep running the same old good old boys over and over again. When will they learn?

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    County Council
    January 20, 2014 | 11:52 AM

    Gary Davis has been there to long. He always has some at his side when he is out in the public seeking votes. It is a time for changes in the council.

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    Judge Davis
    January 20, 2014 | 12:07 PM

    There is no way anyone can compare him to the former Sheriff. Look at the judges record. These people who are complaining have no idea what they are talking about. Fluhr get your facts right before you have them printed.

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    January 20, 2014 | 12:13 PM

    And the guy that wants to replace him, Donnie Hussung, has already held another office for 24 years.

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    January 20, 2014 | 01:37 PM

    I don't see anyone giving a reason to give Judge Davis another term. Just a whole lot of Democrats upset that he's being linked to one of their own.

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    January 20, 2014 | 01:37 PM

    Is any work getting done today in Superior Court?

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    Donnie Hussung
    January 20, 2014 | 03:01 PM

    The only office that Donnie Hussung held was Town Board of Lanesville and School Board of Laneville. What's that got to do with county council.

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    January 20, 2014 | 03:30 PM

    I think the point was that he has held elected office for a long time.

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    January 20, 2014 | 04:18 PM

    What are you all afraid? The fact that Mr. Hussung might be able to bring fresher and newer ideas to Harrison County. Our because he will not follow good ole boys!

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    January 20, 2014 | 04:24 PM

    Seems like he's been around long enough to be a good ole boy.

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    January 20, 2014 | 04:43 PM

    You do not know Donnie Hussung, he's for the betterment for Harrison County. For you to make the statement that he has been around long enough to be a "good ole boy" you do not know candidate!

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    January 21, 2014 | 12:40 PM

    All I know is what has been in the newspaper, which is that he's been an elected official on the Lanesville school board for a long time and "bleeds purple."

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    Deatrick Republicans?
    January 21, 2014 | 02:48 PM

    There is only one current elected official that has had members of the Deatrick family actively campaigning for him in the last, and he is a Republican. Mike Deatrick's wife and daughter were walking with this Republican official in the Harrison County Fair Parade. I guess there are now "Deatrick Republicans".

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    January 21, 2014 | 05:30 PM

    Pretty sure Deatrick's wife and daughter weren't convicted of felonies while in office. You will need to try harder than that.

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    January 21, 2014 | 06:23 PM

    I am not concerned how long people have been in office. It is profoundly stupid to simply say someone has been in office too long. If they are doing a good job, they will get my vote to get another term. However, if someone has only recently been elected and they are doing a bad job, I will consider the challenger and if they are credible, I will vote that person out of office. I hope all voters will evaluate candidates in each individual race and choose the best person for the job. I am very disappointed the GOP Chair is seeking to bring the same dirty politics we see in Washington into our local poltics. However, his tactics have been very successful and Democrats seem to roll over and play dead when it happens rather than fight back. I wish all the parties and candidates would get together and declare a truce on all the negativity and character assassination so we can discuss the issues. That would be really refreshing as a voter. Maybe the Corydon Democrat could moderate the parties and candidates agreeing to a clean campaign pledge.

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    January 21, 2014 | 08:40 PM

    As long as the current Republican chair is heading things, I don't believe there will never be another clean election in this county. You won't find a more passionate person for the GOP or a more tireless worker for his cause, but that's one aspect of the man I simply cannot support, nor respect.

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    January 21, 2014 | 10:53 PM

    How about we just don't vote republican or Democrat and go for new blood and vote for a no party person. Why keep beating a dead horse it won't perform and neither will the good ole boys anymore. Too many new people don't understand the good ole boy syndrome in this county and they need to know we need new blood in office not the same old ....

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    January 22, 2014 | 09:13 AM

    So a commissioner hires a relative into the hwy department. All new hires at that time are required to get a CDL lincense within 60 days. The relative went over 6 months because the supervisor was afraid to do anything about it. So rules were openly violated because the employee was a relative. That shows how it effects the workings of the highway dept and of the office holder.

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    January 22, 2014 | 10:03 AM

    Heaven forbid campaigns educate and inform people about the actual records of people running for office.

    This is now apparently considered "dirty." I'm not sure why. Shouldn't voters make informed decisions?

    my 2 cents
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    January 22, 2014 | 11:34 AM

    It would be nice to know who "JR" he or she seems to have all the info.

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    January 22, 2014 | 11:47 AM

    Simple, make it mandatory to lay off or fire the relatives and hire people that aren't related ...

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    January 22, 2014 | 12:17 PM

    Don't Saulman, Engleman and both Klinstivers have relatives on the county payroll too?

    Fair and Balanced
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    January 22, 2014 | 12:38 PM

    Several years ago the state passed a law banning the hiring of relatives on the county payroll. Anyone that was in a job before the law was passed was allowed under the law to stay in their job.

    I believe that is the case for the members of the Miller family at the highway department, and the others mentioned by Fair and Balanced.

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    January 22, 2014 | 04:41 PM

    To "my 2 cents"

    You are making my point for me. If a candidate wants to "educate and inform" people about the actual records of people running for office then they should talk about THEMSELVES and not the other person. When a candidate plays the "why you SHOULDN"T vote for them" card instead of the "why you SHOULD vote for me" it's nothing more than a smear campaign. Plain and simple.

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    January 23, 2014 | 08:30 AM

    A letter of disclosure was designed to allow someone to be promoted into a position that they had relatives that would be under them and that they did not hire. So anyone who has a relative that they hired should not apply for a position that puts them in charge of them again. That was one of the main points made for adopting the ethics code. No one should be allowed to try and side step the original intent of what it was intended for. Their is more than one that in this position and it should not be allowed. My thought on this is not an attack on any one person but trying to manipulate the intent of the ethics rules for your own gain is an assault on your own character.

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    January 23, 2014 | 09:21 AM

    It's idiotic to expect politicians to disclose their flaws as well as their virtues in campaigns.

    No one interviews for a job and says, "Oh, and I lost my last job for ______ reason" or "in my last job, I had trouble with ______." But that information is still important to know for those making the hiring decision.

    My 2 cents
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    The facts
    January 23, 2014 | 07:20 PM

    Just to set the record straight: I hired my Brother John in 1996. We needed to hire an individual to operate a grader. John had a CDL license, and was familiar with operating equipment, the rate of pay was $8.70. Unemployment was low and we had a hard time filling positions at the Highway Department, for that rate of pay. My cousin's husband also works for the Highway Department. Both hires were also approved by the other two County Commissioners, Kenny Saulman and Ed Emily in 1996 and Steve Haggard and Ed Emily in 1998. There are no other relatives of mine working for the Highway Department. I have been proud of my record with Harrison County. I am not going to set back and let other people define this election. In the past I have not responded to attacks against me and my record. I will do so in the future. I will be happy to respond to any allegations that people want an answer to. My phone # is: Home 812 969 2398 Cell 812 972 4780 There is much more to say, this is not the time or place.

    Terry L. Miller
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    January 23, 2014 | 10:54 PM

    Why not? Relatives defined by Indiana ethics rule is anyone related by blood or marriage. How far does it go in your line of people that work for the county?

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    January 25, 2014 | 08:27 AM

    This one for Gordon on sending out last week character assassination cards. Terry Miller did that in 06 did he not?

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    January 25, 2014 | 02:22 PM

    It was done to Rhonda Rhoads in 2008, and to Rhoads and Gary Davis in 2010 (by Donnie Hussung, no less).

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