By Pam Robinson
No doubt, voters will face important decisions on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Media attention has focused on the Presidential race between incumbent Democrat President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. We hear a lot about the U.S. Senate race between Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly as well as about the 8th District U.S. Representative race between Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon and Democrat Dave Crooks.
Likewise, voters are familiar with the major state races. In the race for Governor and Lt. Governor, Republicans Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann are matched against Democrats John Gregg and Vi Simpson. In the Attorney General’s race, voters will decide between incumbent Republican Greg Zoeller and Democrat Kay Fleming. Another important state race for Superintendent of Public Instruction pits incumbent Republican Tony Bennett against Democrat Glenda Ritz.
At the same time, we don’t want to overlook important local races the same day. Posey County voters will elect key officeholders that will shape the county on a day to day basis.
The choice of state representative for Indiana District 64 affects northern Posey County and for Indiana District 76 affects the remainder of Posey County residents as well as residents in parts of Gibson and Vanderburgh counties. In District 64, Republican Thomas W. Washburne and Democrat Mark A. Norton are up against each other. In District 76, incumbent State Representative, Republican Wendy McNamara, will face off against Democrat Trent VanHaaften.
In the county races, the County Treasurer’s seat, vacated by a retiring Linda Curtis, is sought by two newcomers, Republican Chris Harp and Democrat Roy Maynard. Incumbent Democrat County Commissioner John Sherritz is up against Republican Carl A. Schmitz for the District 1 seat. The County Commissioner’s seat for District 3 is being sought by Democrat incumbent Scott Moye and Republican Jerry Walden.
No Republicans filed to run against the three Democrat County Council members at-large: Bob Gentil, Martin R. Redman and Ralph Weinzapfel. Likewise, no Republican is challenging Democrat Surveyor Paul E. Breeze.
For Judge of the Circuit Court, no Republican filed to run against Democrat James M. Redwine.
In the MSD of Mount Vernon School Board race, incumbents Randy Boyer and Beth McFadin Higgins are being challenged by Stefani Miller and Clarence Nelson. The MSD of North Posey school board members all retain their seats until 2014.
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