February 7th is deadline to file for county primary


 Candidates continue to file for offices here in Switzerland County for the upcoming Primary Election, which will be held on Tuesday, May 5th; with the ultimate goal of being on the General Election ballot on Tuesday, November 3rd.

  The filing period is opening until noon on Friday, February 7th. Candidates who change their mind may withdraw from the primary election up until Monday, February 10th.

  Here’s a rundown by party of those who have filed so far:


  • County Commissioner, District One: Grant Dean has filed.

  • County Commissioner, District Two: Melissa Brush and Ivan Green have filed.

  • County Council At Large: (Each party will nominate up to three candidates) Lisa Fisher and Randall Leap have filed.

  • County Coroner: Clinton Earls has filed.

  • County Treasurer: Gayle Rayles and Rene Stewart have filed.

  • Republicans will also elect Precinct Committeemen this election season. Filing so far are: Jill Hutcherson in Posey 2 Precinct; James ‘Jim’ Phipps in Pleasant 1 Precinct; and Samuel Girod in Cotton 1 Precinct.


 • County Recorder: Nancy Brown Barker has filed.

 • County Council At Large: (Each party will nominate up to three candidates) Rachel Bladen Schuler has filed.

  • Switzerland Circuit Court Judge: Greg Coy has filed with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office.


  This year, the following offices and position are up for election:

  — Judge of the Switzerland Circuit Court. Greg Coy currently hold this office.

  — County Recorder. Nancy Barker is the current Recorder.

  — County Treasurer. Vicki James is the current Treasurer.

  — County Coroner. Clinton Earls is the current Coroner.

  — County Surveyor. Brian McAllister is the current Surveyor.

  — County Commissioner, District One, which represents Jefferson 1,2, and 3 precincts; and Craig 1 and 2 precincts. Josh South currently holds this office.

  — County Commissioner, District Two, which represents Posey 1 and 2 precincts; and York Township. Jerry Monjar currently holds this office.

  — County Council At Large: these three people can be elect from any area of the county, and work with the four members of the County Council who are elected to represent particular areas of the county. Currently: Lisa Fisher, Andy Haskell, and Rachel Schuler hold these three positions.


  Switzerland County Clerk of Courts Gayle Sullivan said that the window is now open for those who would like to register to vote in the upcoming election. If they have not already done so, citizens may register to vote until Monday, April 6th. The window to vote will reopen after the primary election on Tuesday, May 19th.

  Anyone having any questions should contact Meagan Kilborn, Voter Registration/Election Deputy, in the Switzerland County Clerk’s Office, (812) 427-4422.