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Two days into filing period, no candidates have declared for city and town elections

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Times file photo: A local voter checks in at the Sullivan City Park polling location during the November 2018 election.

Four years ago, two people had filed their declaration of candidacy paperwork on the first day for the 2015 Sullivan city primary election.

Four years ago, that primary election saw 15 candidates running for office — 10 Democrats and five Republicans — and saw nearly a 35 percent turnout at the polls.

To get an idea of the early interest in filing thus far this year? Just cue up a soundtrack of crickets chirping at the Sullivan County Clerk’s Office.

In other words, nary a candidate has filed for this year’s primary election in its first two days — Wednesday and Thursday — of the four-week filing period.

As a comparison, albeit in a much larger county, Vigo County saw 10 candidates file on the first day — two for mayor, six for city council and one each for city judge and clerk.

Four years ago in Sullivan County, two candidates — Sullivan mayor Clint Lamb and District 1 councilman Jack Alexander — filed on the first day. Lamb went on to win a second term that November, while Alexander was defeated by current councilman John Ellington in the primary.

Looking back, candidates, including city clerk Sue Pitts, Raymond Pirtle, Steve Martindale and Ellington, all Democrats, and Republican mayoral challenger Jeff Wamsley filed in the third week of the four-week filing period. 

One council member, Scott Brown, didn’t file until near the end of the filing period four years ago.

Meanwhile, persons filing for clerk-treasurer and council seats in the towns of Farmersburg, Shelburn, Dugger, Hymera, Carlisle and Merom have until Aug. 1 to declare a candidacy for nomination by a town convention in a town with a population of less than 3,500.

Those races will be decided in the November general election.

Other deadlines to remember:

• Major party candidates have until Feb. 8 to file for the May 7 municipal primary election. 

• The Libertarian Party has until June 30 to hold a convention to nominate candidates for city offices.

• Independents have until July 1 to file nominating petitions for the city general election in November.


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