KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Filing began Wednesday morning, Jan. 4, for the upcoming primary for Syracuse, Warsaw and Winona Lake, as well as for the general election for smaller towns.
Filing for the primary election for Syracuse, Warsaw and Winona Lake began Wednesday and will end at noon Friday, Feb. 3, for Republican and Democrat candidates.
Five of the incumbent Warsaw City Council members arrived together to file their candidacies. Incumbents who filed for Warsaw Common Council include Cindy Dobbins, an at-large member seeking her fourth term; Josh Finch, District 2, elected through a caucus in 2019 seeking his second term; Mike Klondaris, District 3, seeking a fourth term; Jerry Frush, District 4, seeking a fourth term; and Diane Quance, District 5, elected by caucus in 2010, seeking a fifth term.
Additionally Lynne Christiansen, clerk-treasurer, who was elected by caucus in 2010, is seeking a fifth term.
Neither Councilmen Jack Wilhite and Jeff Grose nor Mayor Joe Thallemer participated in the morning’s group reelection filing.
Three council members and the clerk-treasurer for Syracuse have indicated they will be seeking reelection. Cindy Kaiser, appointed by caucus in 2021, is expected to file for the District 3 seat; Larry Martindale, District 4, is expected to file for his third term; and Bill Musser, District 5, has stated he will file for his 10th term. Virginia Cazier, who was appointed clerk-treasurer in 2020, will be seeking her first term.
Winona Lake Clerk-Treasurer Laurie Renier, who was appointed in 2022, was the first to file Wednesday. She will be seeking her first term. Additionally, council members Ashley McGinnis, District 2, who was elected through a caucus in 2022, will seek her first term; and Heather James, District 4, who was elected through a caucus in 2017, will seek her second term. Austin Reynolds, who was elected through a caucus in 2021, has not indicated his intentions.
Candidate filing also began for towns not holding a primary. Filing for those candidates will end at noon, Aug. 1.
All elected officials in Etna Green will be filing for reelection. Those seats are currently held by Keith Claassen, Jason Hanes and Susan Klinefelter on the council and Patti Cook, clerk-treasurer.
Clerk-Treasurer Leigh Anne Jessop, who was elected through a caucus, will seek her first term. Council member Dave Waliczek will seek his third term and Dan Thystrup, who was elected by caucus in 2018, will seek his second term. Lisa Strombeck is undecided.
Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Yaprak, who was elected by caucus, is seeking her first term. Council members Shelly Krueger and Tim Croy will seek reelection. Jill Gross, council member, has not made a decision.
Myra Mast, clerk-treasurer, will be seeking her second term; and Matt Brubaker, councilman, will seek reelection for his third term. Janet Castle, who was appointed to the town council in December 2022, is unsure about seeking her first elected term. Tom Barker has served a total of 5 1/2 terms, and is not running at this point.
Clerk-treasurers and council members for Claypool, Leesburg, Sidney and Silver Lake have not made any announcements.