2016 Elections

City of Frankfort

There are 17 candidates for nine open seats in Clinton County’s May primary elections. Only one is a Democrat.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we quiz Republican Chris McBarnes of Frankfort whether he thinks his party’s stranglehold on local government – while expeditious for him – might actually be hurting his ability to portray his city as forward-thinking and a desirable place to live.

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Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has made an LGBT hire in Indiana for a key role in her campaign.

Indiana Competes director Peter Hanscom will serve as the state director of Clinton's campaign in Indiana in advance of the May 3 primary.

Hanscom says Clinton will focus on building a statewide campaign, and he expects the number of endorsements from key elected officials in the Democratic Party to grow.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind Todd Young (R-9th) in the race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.  The Chamber’s endorsement comes about a month before Young will face off against Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) in May’s primary.

The U.S. Chamber – along with its Indiana counterpart – calls Todd Young a “consistent, constructive conservative.”  Young says the Chamber’s support sends a signal that his leadership will help Hoosiers find good jobs.

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The Indiana Election Commission will hold a hearing Friday in which all challenges for state and national seat ballot appearances are on the agenda. A total of ten candidates have been challenged.

One noteworthy hearing will be that of Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) who is running for U.S. Senate. Democrats are claiming Young is short on the signatures needed to appear on the ballot in the primary for a U.S. Senate seat. Young disagrees.

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The dispute over Congressman Todd Young's petition signatures could lead to a change in Indiana's ballot access laws.

Since at least 1986, candidates for U.S. Senate, governor, or president have needed to collect at least 500 signatures in each of Indiana's nine congressional districts.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says the possibility of a leading candidate for U-S Senate being kicked off the ballot makes it a "reasonable assumption" that legislators will discuss whether that rule is outdated.

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Political sniping is ramping up between the two Republican candidates for Indiana’s open U-S Senate seat.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) officially challenged Rep. Todd Young’s (R-9th) candidacy Friday.  Stutzman’s action piles on a challenge filed earlier this week by the state Democratic Party.

Democrats filed a challenge earlier this week with the Indiana Election Division claiming Young doesn’t have the required number of signatures to be on the ballot. 

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State Democrats filed a challenge Wednesday to Rep. Todd Young’s (R-9th) place on the ballot for the U.S. Senate Republican primary. They say Young doesn’t have enough of the signatures he needs to be on the ballot in May.

Senate candidates need 500 signatures from registered voters in each congressional district in order to appear on the primary ballot.  Clerks in the three northwest Indiana counties that make up the First District certified 501 signatures for Todd Young. 

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A Logansport State Senator will make a bid to become the state’s next Attorney General.  He hopes to replace current AG Greg Zoeller, who is making a run for Congress and won’t seek another term.

Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) is wrapping up his second term in the State Senate this year and wants to move up the political ladder. 

The Logansport senator spent 14 years as a deputy prosecutor and says his trial experience as well as his time in the legislature position him well to replace fellow Zoeller. 

Eric Holcomb Exits U.S. Senate Race

Feb 8, 2016
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Former Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb has quit the race for U.S. Senate.

Holcomb formally pulled out of the race half an hour before the noon deadline to get his name off the May primary ballot.

His withdrawal leaves Republicans with a two-way race between Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) and Todd Young (R-9th).

Holcomb was the first candidate to enter the race -- he jumped in days after Dan Coats announced his retirement last March.

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Eleven presidential candidates and 52 congressional hopefuls have filed for Indiana's primary ballot.

All eight remaining Republican presidential candidates have qualified for the ballot, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who quit the race the same day his campaign turned in his petition signatures.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) will appear on the Democratic ballot.

All seven U.S. House members seeking reelection in Indiana will first have to survive primary challenges.

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