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Primary election set with few contested races

The May 3 Primary Election is now set, with a number of contested races for Harrison County voters to decide.
The most popular local race ‘ with seven Republicans and three Democrats signed up ‘ is the at-large Harrison County Council race for three seats.
The three Democrats ‘ James Yeager and Sandy Gettelfinger, both of Corydon, and Houston Mathes of New Salisbury ‘ will automatically advance to the November General Election.
Republican voters will choose three of the following candidates to move on to the General Election: Jerry Berryman, Jennie Engleman Capelle and Taylor Johnson, all of Corydon; Gary W. Byrne of Georgetown; incumbent Jim Heitkemper and Joey LaPlant, both of Elizabeth; and Donnie Hussung of Lanesville.
The only Harrison County race contested on the Democrat side is the District 2 County Commissioner seat. Corydon residents Ronnie Allen and Aaron B. Haggard have filed to run for the position currently held by Republican Kenny Saulman, who is seeking re-election. Saulman is being challenged in the Primary by Corydon resident Anthony D. Dibble.
The only other contested Primary county race is the District 1 County Commissioner seat on the GOP side, where former county councilman Phil Smith of Depauw is pitted against New Salisbury’s Charlie Crawford.
The current District 1 Commissioner, George Ethridge, is not seeking another four-year term.
Both parties’ voters will need to choose a candidate for U.S. Congressional District 9 Representative.
On the Democrat side, Bill Thomas of Corydon, Shelli Yoder of Bloomington (who ran unsuccessfully two years ago), Bob Kern and James R. McClure Jr. are the options, while Republicans will choose from current District 47 State Sen. Erin Houchin of Salem, Attorney General Greg Zoeller of Indianapolis, Robert Hall of Bloomington, Brent Waltz of Greenwood and Trey Hollingsworth of Jeffersonville.
Todd Young of Bloomington, the current District 9 representative, has filed to run for the U.S. Senator seat currently held by Dan Coats. On the Republican side, Young will compete with Marlin Stutzman (District 3 Representative) of Howe.
Baron Hill, who formerly served as the District 9 representative, has filed to run for the senate seat on the Democrat ticket.
Indiana District 70 Rep. Rhonda Rhoads is not seeking re-election. Harrison County Auditor Karen Engleman, of Georgetown, has filed to run for the position as a Republican, and Heidi Cade Sellers of Memphis, who lost to Rhoads in the 2014 election, has signed up on the Democrat ticket.
The Indiana District 73 Representative race, which includes Blue River Township in Harrison County, will feature incumbent Steven Davisson of Salem and Paoli’s Michael Harkness on the GOP side, and Democrat Douglas Leatherbury of Salem, who lost to Davisson in 2014.
The governor’s race will again pit incumbent Mike Pence, a Republican, against Democrat John Gregg, a re-match from four years ago.
Other unopposed (in the primary and general elections) candidates are (all Republicans): incumbent Harold Klinstiver, Elizabeth, for surveyor; newcomer Debbie Dennison, Mauckport, for recorder; former circuit court clerk Sherry Brown, Corydon, for circuit court clerk; and incumbent John T. Evans, Depauw, for circuit court judge.
School board seats will be on the ballot in November. The first day residents can file a petition and consent is Wednesday, July 27; the deadline is at noon Friday, Aug. 26.
For voters, absentee ballot applications for the Primary may be submitted from now until April 25. Early voting will begin April 5 (hours to be determined).
The Harrison County Election board will meet Friday at 2 p.m. at the courthouse in downtown Corydon.
The deadline to register to vote in the Primary is Monday, April 4, at noon. To do so, visit the clerk’s office.