GREENSBURG — Two Republicans and three Democrats have been added to the Decatur County slate of candidates for the fall election. While the GOP is competing in most races, the Democratic Party will not contest some major races, including two council seats, coroner and superior court judge.
The two parties had until noon Monday to fill vacancies that had been left over from the primary election in May. The primary election allows the electorate to choose which candidates within a political party will vie for public office in the fall against candidates from other parties.
Parties within the last two weeks have added to the ballot Democrat Susan Hanmer, who is running for Washington Township trustee, and Republicans Christian A. B. Rust, who is running for a seat on the Clay Township advisory board, and Deanna Buckart, who is seeking to be elected trustee of Marion Township, according to Decatur County Deputy Clerk Faith Koors.
That leaves vacancies on the GOP side only for county council district 3, Saltcreek Township trustee and Sandcreek Township advisory board. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, will offer no candidates for races including superior court judge, recorder, coroner, assessor, commissioner district 2 and county council districts 2 and 4.
Libertarians, independents and other minor parties can add candidates to the fall ballot until July 15.
Larry Meyer, chair of the Decatur County GOP, said he is satisfied with his party’s slate of candidates.
“I think overall it looks pretty good,” he said Monday afternoon.
The Democratic Party’s inability to field candidates for some races will be good for the GOP, Meyer said, and the candidates will save money.
However, Meyer said more contested races probably would result in more spirited debates and campaigns and likely would generate more interest among voters.
Nonetheless, Meyer said, “We’re going to do what we can to get our candidates in.”