KOSCIUSKO — Republicans in four towns in Kosciusko County will need to conduct political conventions this summer to reduce the number of candidates appearing on the general election ballot to the maximum allowed by state law.
Seven towns with populations of less than 3,500 — Claypool, Etna Green, Pierceton, Leesburg, North Webster, Mentone and Silver Lake — opted to skip the primary election this year and extend the filing deadline, which arrived Thursday, Aug. 1.
In the general election for small towns, each party can have up to three candidates running for council and one for clerk.
In Etna Green, eight Republican candidates filed for council. Those include Christopher Carter; Keith Claassen; Beverly A. Carter; Aaron Bakian; Susan Klinefelter; Kevin Smith II; Cory D. Ellinger; Jason W. Hanes.
In Pierceton, Republicans will need to choose between three candidates for clerk, Jerry Kreger, Pamela Baker and Myra Mast. Libertarian Brian Hartman will face the winner.
Silver Lake has five Republicans running for council. Those include Hugh Murfin, Chad Miner, Nichole Taylor, Phillip Shalley and Jerry Wagner.
In Mentone, two Republicans filed for clerk, Nicki Norris and Tammy Stoneburner.
Kosciusko County Republican Chairman Mike Ragan said the conventions will be open to registered Republicans living within the town limits. Dates for the four conventions have not been announced.
The need for the four conventions became apparent after Thursday’s filing deadline.
Each of the four towns will pick up the expense of conducting the conventions, Ragan said.
Below is a list of candidates filing for positions in the seven towns.
Charlotte Lindley, D
Patricia Warner, Libertarian (incumbent)
Elizabeth Heiman, middle district, D (incumbent)
Niki Miller, North District, D (incumbent)
Eugene Warner, R (incumbent)
Benny Stage Jr., R
Amanda “Mandy” Ewing, D
Patricia Cook, R (incumbent)
Christopher Carter, R
Keith Claassen, R (incumbent)
Beverly Carter, R
Aaron Bakian, R
Susan Klinefelter, R
Kevin Smith II, R (incumbent)
Cory Ellinger, R (incumbent)
Jason W. Hanes, R
Greg Anderson, R
Michael Searfoss, D (incumbent)
Thomas Moore, R (incumbent)
Christina Archer, R (incumbent)
Doug Jones, R (incumbent)
Nicki Norris, R
Tammy Stoneburner, R
Shelly Krueger, R (incumbent)
Jill Gross, R (incumbent)
Timothy Croy, D (incumbent)
Alice Luce, D (incumbent)
David Waliczek, R (incumbent)
Dan Thystrup, R (incumbent)
Lisa Strombeck, R (incumbent)
Jerry Kreger, R (incumbent)
Pamela Baker, R
Myra Mast, R
Brian Hartman, L
Matthew Brubaker, R (incumbent)
Tom Barker, R (incumbent)
Armando Mandy Espinoza, D (incumbent)
Tonya Conley, R (incumbent)
Hugh Murfin, R
Chad Miner, R (incumbent)
Nichole Taylor, R
Jerry Wagner, R
Phillip Shalley, R (incumbent)