Election filing to begin Wednesday

By Joseph Slacian

Filing for the 2016 election will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, Elaine Martin, Clerk of the Wabash Circuit Court, announced.

Several county seats, along with state and federal offices, including the presidency, will be on this year’s ballot.

Those interested in filing for local office can stop in Martin’s office in the Wabash County Judicial Center, 69 W. Hill St., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up candidate packets. They also are available for download at

“All local candidates must fill out the appropriate forms and file here in my office no later than Feb. 5, 2016, at 12 noon,” Martin said.

The May primary is on Tuesday, May 3.

Local offices that will appear on the ballot this year are:

-- Circuit Court Judge.
-- Wabash County Auditor.
-- Wabash County Treasurer.
-- Wabash County Coroner.
-- Wabash County Surveyor
-- Wabash County Commissioner, District 1.
-- Wabash County Commissioner, District 2.
-- County Council At-Large.
-- Republican Precinct Committeeman
-- Republican State Convention Delegates.
-- Democrat State Convention Delegates.

On the state level, the governor and lieutenant governor seats are up for election.

Republican incumbents Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann will seek re-election, while Democrat John Gregg has announced plans to seek the governor’s seat. A lieutenant governor candidate has not yet been named by Gregg.

Republican Steve Carter and Democrat Lorenzo Arrendando have announced plans to seek the Attorney General’s office, while Democrat incumbent Glenda Ritz plans to seek another term as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Indiana House of Representatives seat now held by Republican Dave Wolkins will be on this year’s ballot.

On the federal level, the U.S. House Second District seat, which includes Wabash County, is up for election. Republican incumbent Jackie Walorski and Democrat Carnell Coleman have announced plans to seek the seat.

The U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Dan Coats also is up for election Coats has already announced that he will not seek re-election.

The last day to register to vote if you want to vote in the May primary is Monday, April 4 at 4 p.m. in the Wabash County Clerk’s office.

If you register to vote online, you may do so up until midnight, April 4 at  To register online you must have a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana State issued identification.

Posted on 2016 Jan 05