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Candidate filing deadline nears

Time is running out for potential candidates to file to run for office in Harrison County.
The deadline to do so, at the clerk’s office in the downtown Corydon courthouse, is Friday at noon.
Both parties will have contested primary races on Tuesday, May 3.
On the Republican side, six candidates have signed up to run for three at-large county council spots. In May, the field will be trimmed to three for the Nov. 8 General Election. The candidates are: Jerry Berryman, Corydon; Gary W. Byrne, Georgetown; incumbent Jim Heitkemper, Elizabeth; Donnie Hussung, Lanesville; Taylor Johnson, Corydon; and Joey LaPlant, Elizabeth.
Two Democrats have signed up for the at-large seats, Houston Mathes of New Salisbury and James Yeager of Corydon.
Republican voters in the Primary also will chose between New Salisbury resident Charlie Crawford and Depauw’s Phil Smith for the GOP’s District 1 county commissioner representative for the General Election.
As of yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) press deadline, no Democrats had filed.
The lone contested race on the Democrat side, so far, will be for District 2 commissioner. Aaron B. Haggard and Ronnie Allen, both Corydon residents, have filed to run for the position.
For now, Republican incumbent Kenny Saulman is unopposed in the Primary.
A new addition to the candidate list is Corydon resident Gary Gilley for coroner. Gilley, who in 2010 ran for sheriff as a Democrat, filed as a Republican. Democrat Willard M. Haas also signed up to run for coroner.
Other candidates (all Republicans) who have signed up to run for county office as of yesterday morning are: incumbent Harold Klinstiver, Elizabeth, for surveyor; newcomer Debbie Dennison, Mauckport, for recorder; Sherry Brown, Corydon, for circuit court clerk; and Depauw resident incumbent John T. Evans for circuit court judge.
An updated version of candidate filings can be found online at harrisoncounty.in.gov.
For voters, absentee ballot applications may be submitted through April 25. Early voting will begin April 5 (hours to be determined).
The deadline to register to vote in the Primary is Monday, April 4, at noon. To do so, visit the clerk’s office.

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