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Courthouse remodeling won’t hamper elections

Courthouse remodeling won’t hamper elections
Courthouse remodeling won’t hamper elections
Doug Chastain of New Albany uses a trim nailer Monday to frame windows on the extension that's being built outside the county auditor's office at Harrison County Court House. The circuit court clerk's office will also get additional space, carved out of the former foyer on the second floor. Chastain works for Upton Pry Inc., which is doing some work on the $4.5 million courthouse renovation project. (Photo by Randy West)

With remodeling well underway at the Harrison County Court House, politicians and the curious public may have a tough time finding Election Central on Primary Election night, May 4.
But plans are already underway to make sure the public is served that night and again on the Nov. 2 General Election.
Even though the second floor lobby, which is being converted into office space, will be reduced to only a few feet, Auditor Pat Wolfe said her office and others will be open as usual.
Harrison Circuit Court Clerk Carole Gaither, who serves on the local election board by virtue of her office, said the inspectors’ receiving line will be downstairs instead of on the second floor, and areas not open to the public will be cordoned off.
Copies of election returns will be circulated as usual, but it will probably be best for folks to congregate and wait for returns in the circuit courtroom upstairs on the third floor, or the Commissioners’ Room on the first floor.
Sign-ups begin next week for May 4 Primary
Candidates in the May 4 Democratic and Republican primaries may sign up to run for office beginning next Wednesday in the circuit clerk’s office in Corydon. The filing deadline is Feb. 20 at noon.
The primary races will include those for the president, U.S. senator, governor, Ninth District U.S. Representative, and state representatives for the 70th and 73rd districts.
On the home front, several seats will be up for reelection.
Seats currently held by Gaither, Recorder Barbara Mathes and Coroner Chad Cesar are up for re-election, and all of those incumbents are eligible to run.
Two commissioners’ seats are open. First District Commissioner James Goldman, a Democrat, and Second District Commissioner J.R. Eckart, a Republican, are not barred by term limits from seeking another four-year term.
Those candidates must live in the district they represent, but are voted on county-wide.
Three county council at-large seats will be filled this fall. Those are now held by Republican Rhonda Rhoads and Democrats Carl Duley and Carl (Buck) Mathes.
In the Democratic Primary, 19 at-large delegates will be chosen to attend the party’s state convention. On the Republican side, two at-large and 12 district delegates will be chosen.
North Harrison, Lanesville elect school trustees
School trustees for North Harrison and Lanesville will be elected in the May 4 Primary. South Harrison’s open seats will be filled in the fall.
In North Harrison, representatives from Blue River and Morgan townships will be elected.
In Lanesville, three at-large seats will be filled.