Ballot set for Logansport primary election
Republican voters and Democrat voters will both choose from three candidates for Logansport Mayor when they head to the polls this spring.
Republican candidates for mayor include incumbent Ted Franklin, his 2011 primary opponent Mike Berkshire and Larry B. Hood, a former member of both the Logansport City Council and the Logansport Redevelopment Commission.
Democrat candidates include Dave Kitchell, a former reporter and columnist for the Pharos-Tribune, Matt Meagher, a former chair of the Cass County Democrats, and political newcomer Rick Ricks.
For Logansport Clerk-Treasurer, Republicans have a contest between incumbent Carol Sue Hayworth and political newcomer Tyler Ness. The winner in the primary will face Democrat Stacy Cox, also a political newcomer, in the fall.
There are no contested races on the ballot for Logansport City Council in the primary, but both parties have a candidate for most races.
In Ward 1, the Republican candidate is incumbent Bob Bishop, who is seeking his second term on the council and also holds a paid position as the part-time director of the Logansport Redevelopment Commission. Dave Morris, a retired postal worker, is the Democrat candidate.
In Ward 2, the Republican candidate is incumbent Joe Buck, who is seeking his second term.
In Ward 3, incumbent Gary Fox is the Republican candidate, seeking a second term, while political newcomer Amy Densborn is the Democrat candidate.
Residents in Ward 4 will have a new representative. The Republican candidate is Mike Stajduhar, who was recently named Cass County Historian and served on a city council in West Virginia. Scott Peattie is the Democrat candidate. Ward 4 is currently represented by Chuck LaDow, who announced Thursday that he does not plan to seek re-election.
In Ward 5, Republican incumbent Teresa Popejoy is seeking her second term.
Two at-large seats are also up for grabs and Republicans and Democrats each currently have one candidate – Chris Martin is running as a Republican and Terry Doran is running as a Democrat.
The at-large seats are currently held by Republican Jeremy Ashcraft, who announced Thursday that he does not plan to seek another term, and Charlie Hastings, who ran as an independent after losing a primary bid for mayor as a Democrat in 2011. Hastings has not yet announced his intentions.
After the primary, the parties have until June 30 to select candidates to fill vacancies remaining on the ballot and until July 6 to file certificates stating that those vacancies have been filled. Similar deadlines apply for independent, Libertarian and write-in candidates.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 5.
Voters who want to vote absentee by mail can call the clerk’s office at (574) 753-7740 and ask for an absentee ballot at any time. They’ll be mailed out beginning March 20.
Voter registration for the May 5 primary ends Monday, April 6 and absentee voting will begin the following day
In Galveston, incumbent Mitsey R. Goodman has filed as a Republican for Galveston Clerk-Treasurer. According to the Cass County Clerk’s Office, anyone wanting to run for an office in any of the small towns has until Monday, August 3 at noon to file to be a nominee at a town convention.