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2 candidates sign up for the mayor's job

By BOB HANSEN - news@newsexaminer.com

Within the first half hour of opening Wednesday morning, the Fayette County clerk’s office had visits from two candidates for mayor and one for City Council. Clerk Lisa Witt, in charge of a local election for the first time, expected a busy day.

“I’m expecting several (candidates) in today,” Witt said. And she is still administering oaths of office to those elected last fall, as well as meeting with a company about being able to offer credit cards as a payment option.

This is a municipal election year for Indiana. Locally, it means all elected city positions are on the ballot: the mayor, clerk-treasurer, and seven places on City Council.

The Primary Election, in which each major party chooses their candidates for the fall, will be Tuesday, May 7, although early voting will be available in the courthouse starting Tuesday, April 9. The Municipal Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

David Nutty became the first candidate to register, filing his papers for City Council District 5, as a Republican. He holds that position.

“I like people to know I’m interested in this position,” Nutty said. “I’d like to think that (filing early) makes a statement that ‘I’m the guy for the job.’”

Mayor Harold Gordon, a Democrat, also came in early and confirmed that he will seek another term. He had actually jumped the gun, visiting the clerk’s office Tuesday to file his papers, a day before they could be accepted.

“I’ve got things I want to do,” Gordon said. “I’ll probably run till they kick me out.”

Right behind Gordon came Chad Frank, filing paperwork to run for mayor as a Republican. Frank, a first-term City Council member, said he and his wife had debated for several months about whether he should seek the city executive job.

He pledged to run a campaign based on “who I am and what you will get with me.” 

 

Filing deadline: Feb. 8

Republican and Democratic party candidates for the Connersville municipal election have until noon on Friday, Feb. 8, to file a declaration of candidacy in the Fayette County clerk's office on the second floor of the courthouse.

Independent or minor party candidates may file a petition of nomination with the clerk until noon, Monday, July 1. They are not involved in the Primary Election.

For information about filing for election, contact the clerk's office, 765-825-1813, or by email to clerk@co.fayette.in.us. Election information and forms for candidates are also available on the Indiana Secretary of State website, www.in.gov/sos/elections.