(LaPorte, IN) - The filing period for political candidates in the upcoming election opened on Wednesday.
County Clerk Heather Stevens, who processes the paperwork, said candidates weren’t exactly beating down the door in the first week, but just shy of 40 people have thrown their hats in the ring for various offices so far.
“It seems like it’s a little slower this year,” she said. “I don’t know if maybe it’s the weather; I’m not sure. But we have a month.” Stevens says the list will definitely grow, as candidates have until February 4th to file paperwork.
Adam Koronka, Republican candidate for County Council was first in the door Wednesday morning. A usual cast of characters followed. Most of the filings were for State Convention Delegates, Precinct Committee, and Township Board positions. Below are the notable county offices that are in play so far for this year’s election.
Ron Heeg Republican Sheriff
Andrew Hynek Democratic Sheriff
Andrew J. Morse Republican Sheriff
Adam Koronka Republican County Council District 1
Randall J. Novak Democratic County Council District 2
Sheila Brillson Matias Democratic County Commissioner District 1
Elizabeth Bergeron Republican County Commissioner District 1
Lisa Pierzakowski Republican Center Township Trustee
Steve R. Lestinsky Jr. Republican Kankakee Township Trustee
Phillip J. Hannon Democratic New Durham Township Trustee
Daniel Granquist Republican Michigan Township Trustee
Kaelynn Deckard Republican Scipio Township Trustee