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Candidates take Primary positions

The slate has been set for the May 2 Primary, with a couple of persons withdrawing as candidates since filing before the deadline last Friday at noon and one person becoming a candidate although she had said several times, at public meetings, that she was not going to seek reelection.
Brian C. Thomas of Corydon withdrew last Wednesday in the State Representative, District 70, race as a Republican candidate. That leaves Corydon resident Christopher Byrd as the lone Republican. The incumbent, Democrat Paul J. Robertson of Depauw, also has no opposition.
At the local level, Alton Haycraft of New Middletown has dropped out of the Democratic race for Harrison County Council District 4. Matt Hubler of Elizabeth, a Democrat, will challenge incumbent Ralph E. Sherman, the only Republican running for that seat.
Kathy Goldman decided to try and retain her seat on the North Harrison Community School Corp. School Board of Trustees after stating on more than one occasion at school board meetings that she would not seek another term. Four other candidates ‘ Chris Black, Gary Byrne, Keith Jones and Bobby Plummer ‘ are challenging Goldman for her at-large seat.
Here is the final list of who has officially filed, including those who were required to file in Indianapolis, and what office they seek (incumbents are indicated with an *):
U.S. Senator ‘ *Richard G. Lugar, Republican.
U.S. Representative Ninth District ‘ Gretchen Clearwater, Baron P. Hill, John (Cosmo) Hockersmith and Lendall B. Terry, Democrats; Sam Schultz and *Mike Sodrel, Republican.
State Senate District 47 ‘ *Richard D. Young Jr., Democrat.
State Representative District 70 ‘ *Paul J. Robertson, Democrat; Christopher L. Byrd, Republican.
State Representative District 73 ‘ *Dennie Oxley, Democrat.
County Assessor ‘ Lorena Stepro, Democrat; John Timberlake, Republican.
County Auditor ‘ *Patricia Wolfe, Democrat.
County Commissioner District 3 ‘ Joseph Cox Jr. and Terry Miller, Democrats; *James A. Heitkemper and Harold Klinstiver, Republicans.
County Council District 1 ‘ Thomas Casper and Leslie Robertson, Democrats; Bill Watts, Republican.
County Council District 2 ‘ Robert Morris and William Nichols, Democrats; *Gary Davis, Republican.
County Council District 3 ‘ J. Gordon Pendleton and John Proctor, Democrats.
County Council District 4 ‘ Matt Hubler, Democrat; *Ralph E. Sherman, Republican.
County Prosecutor ‘ *Dennis L. Byrd, Democrat.
County Sheriff ‘ *Mike Deatrick, Randall Fessel, Gregory Gibson, Mickey Hendrich and Roy Wiseman, Democrats; Michael Gregory, Rolla Pirtle, Steve Priest and Ray Saylor, Republicans.
County Treasurer ‘ Carol Hauswald and Carole Gaither, Democrats.
Harrison Township Assessor ‘ *Gerald Saulman, Democrat.
Candidates for township trustees are:
*Michael Beyerle, Democrat, Blue River; *Linda King, Republican, Boone; *Bill Lyskowinski, Democrat, Franklin; *C. Cecil Trobaugh, Democrat, and Stewart Kopp, Republican, Harrison; *Teresa Eschbacher, Republican, Heth; Robert Bolen and *Joseph E. Martin, Democrats, Jackson; *Frederick A. Uhl, Democrat, Morgan; Kimberly Wiseman, Republican, Posey; *Donald Satterfield, Democrat, Spencer; *Mark Redden, Democrat, Taylor; *Kathy Ragains, Democrat, Washington; and *Merlin (Dick) Lillpop, Democrat, and Jeff Dangler, Republican, Webster.
Harrison County Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said in races where the party has no candidate, a representative can be appointed to appear on the ballot for the Nov. 7 General Election. The deadline for an appointment to be made is July 3.
Also during the May Primary, residents in the Lanesville and North Harrison Community School corporations will elect school trustees, who are nonpartisan. (South Harrison Community School Corp. holds its election in the fall.) Candidates are:
Lanesville ‘ Kenny Acton, *Donald Hussung, Steven Price and *Ronald Wolfe.
North Harrison ‘ Chris Black, Gary Byrne, *Kathy Goldman, Keith Jones and Bobby Plummer, at-large; *Fred Naegele, Jackson Township; *Robert Chinn, Spencer Township.
Brown reminds residents that the last day a person may register to vote, or transfer a registration, in the Primary Election is April 3.
When voters go to the polls, they will be asked to show either their valid driver’s license or other approved photo identifications, Brown said, such as a valid passport or government-issued ID with a picture.
Persons who don’t have a driver’s license can obtain a free, state-issued ID card at the license branch. To get a card, the license branch needs a primary document (such as U.S. birth certificate or valid passport), a secondary document (like a bank statement, Hoosier RX Plan card), proof of Social Security number and proof of Indiana residency (in some cases, the primary or secondary document will fill this requirement too). For a complete list of what is accepted by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to obtain a photo ID, visit online
Brown said final polling places will be published prior to May 2.
For more information about the upcoming election, contact Brown at 738-4289.