Primary election is set in county


When Switzerland County voters go to the polls on Tuesday, May 6th, they will find very few contested races as the Republicans and the Democrats head toward the November general election.

Switzerland County Clerk Ginger Peters saw the filing deadline of Friday at noon pass with little fanfare – perhaps brought on by the winter storm that struck the county.

Still, there will be few races in the primary, but parties will have the opportunity to fill vacancies on the general election ballot.

Ginger Peters said that both the Democrats and the Republicans have until noon on Monday, June 30th to fill those vacancies, so more contested races may appear as parties fill openings by the deadline.

The November election will also see four school board seats up for election, as the school board moved its elections from the primary to the general election two years ago.

This November, seats in Pleasant Township, Cotton Township, York Township, and the Town of Vevay will be up for election.

Clerk Peters said that the first day that candidates may file petitions to run for the school board is Wednesday, July 23rd; and the deadline to file is noon on Friday, August 22nd.


This year’s primary election ballot includes:

– For Superior Court Judge of Ohio and Switzerland Counties: Democrat candidates include Greg Coy and Lisa Rosenberger from Switzerland County and Lane Siekman from Ohio County.

Anthony Sabo is a Republican candidate for judge, and he is from Ohio County.

– For Switzerland County Recorder, there will be a contested race in the Democratic primary, as Jill Judy and Darla McKay McAlister have both filed to run.

– The Democrats will also have a contested race for County Coroner, as Lewis Fritter will face off against Roger “Rocky” Hollingsworth.

– In the race for County Commissioner in District One, there will be a contested race on the Democratic ticket, as Danny Hehe will run against Robert Martin.

Republican Brian Morton is unopposed in the primary.

– For the County Commissioner’s seat in District Two, Democrats H. Craig Bond and Earl W. Holmes will square off in the primary election.

– The county will elect three At-Large County Councilmen, and with the passing of the filing deadline, the only candidates in the primary are the three incumbents: Democrats Steve Crabtree and Darrell Hansel and Republican John Keeton.

– Democrat Stacey L. Penick is unopposed for County Treasurer; and there is no candidate on the Republican ticket.

– Republican Brian McAllister is unopposed for County Surveyor; and there is no candidate on the Democratic ticket.

– Filing for precinct committeeman on the Republican ticket are: John Andrew in Jefferson II: Russell Von Bargen in Craig II; Kirk Works in Jefferson I; and Deborah Stewart in York.

– Mike Jones filed for delegate to the State Convention on the Democratic ticket.