(La Porte County, IN) - La Porte County Commissioner Rich Mrozinski has decided to seek a third consecutive term, as the Rolling Prairie man filed his candidacy for the District 2 seat on Thursday, less than 24 hours before today’s 12 p.m. filing deadline.
He’s opposed by La Porte County Auditor Tim Stabosz, Steve Holifield, and Martin Smith in the May 7th Republican primary.
Mrozinski, a veteran of the Vietnam War, along with Stabosz has been at the center of the ongoing political fighting in La Porte County government.
There were some doubts about whether Mrozinski would seek another term. Attempts to reach Mrozinski for comment on his decision so far have been unsuccessful.
Stabosz said that he welcomes the high level of interest in the seat, although a four-man race for one elected position “throws a wrench of uncertainty in the campaign.”
He also pointed out that Mrozinski and Holifield are former Democrats, before noting that “I am a lifelong Republican in a Republican primary."
Stabosz was critical of Mrozinski for matters like spending months at a time in Florida, which forced him previously to attend commissioners meetings on ZOOM, and leaving a rubber snake in an unmarked envelope outside his office door after hours.
“I think the record will speak for itself. It’s time for a change,” he said.