“I think we’re going to be in really good shape,” Meyer said.
Local Democrats, on the other hand, have a little more work ahead of them, as they have no candidates for some major local offices, including superior court judge, coroner, assessor and County Council districts 2 and 4.
Democrats have only one contested race in the primary, for Sandcreek Township Trustee, where incumbent Sandi Gatewood is competing with Gail Snyder. Gatewood’s late husband, Democrat Paul “Bill” Gatewood, had served as Sandcreek Township Trustee for 42 years when he died in 2012. Sandi Gatewood, who had served as his clerk, was appointed trustee in June 2012.
Decatur County Democratic Party Chair Hank Martin said parties in general struggle to find qualified and interested candidates, especially when voices on cable news shows keep calling government the problem rather than the solution.
“I think it’s a challenge for both parties to try to excite folks to become engaged in government,” Martin said.
Martin ran twice for Greensburg City Council many years ago and knows that running for office requires a major commitment — though it also can be very rewarding.
A lot of younger people got involved in the political process because of President Barack Obama, and Martin said that he hopes to tap into that energized part of the electorate and that social issues that are being discussed in the state and nation prompt more people to make their voices heard and run for office.
He said he hopes to have a full slate of candidates for the general election.
“We’re going to continue to seek out qualified candidates,” Martin said.
Candidates can withdraw from the election until Feb. 14.
On primary election day, May 6, polls will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Absentee voting will begin April 8.
Unfilled slots for the general election in the fall can be filled by the party chair or caucus until July 3.
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