Blackford County residents will find they will have lots of choices to make when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

To help voters make a more informed vote, The News-Times has asked local candidates for office a few questions. Each candidate was asked the same questions and candidates were asked to submit a photo as well. (Editor's note: two candidates' profiles — Derinda Thiery Shady, a Democrat running for County Clerk, and John P. Oxley, a Republican running for County Commissioner District 1, were unintentionally excluded from this story when it was originally posted. We apologize for the error.)

Two candidates did not return the questionnaire:

• John. A. Lancaster, a Republican, is seeking election to the Blackford County Council District 3 seat.

• Travis Pearson, is seeking election to the Blackford County School Board of Trustees – Montpelier At-Large Seat.


Early voting strong in Blackford County

By Darrell Radford / For the News-Times

There’s already been an 11.8 percent voter turnout in Blackford County, even though the Nov. 8 general election is still a week away.

Such is the intensity of the presidential race in this little corner of the country. Clerk Derinda Shady said 1,055 people have already voted early. “And that does not include any ballots mailed out or travel boards,” she said. “It’s a big number for us.”

The 27-year veteran clerk said the voter turnout, driven for the most part by the contentious presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, has created the need for more courthouse personnel.

“Normally, we only have to have two people downstairs to do it,” she said. “But we have three machines up this year and I have two sets of workers, two Republicans, two Democrats and they’re busy almost all the time.”

There are 8,971 registered voters in Blackford County this election cycle. Since 1,055 have already voted, only about 2,445 people need to show up on election day to surpass the approximate 3,500 who voted in the 2012 presidential election.

And there’s still time to vote early.

Registered voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5 at either the courthouse or the Montpelier Civic Center.

For those planning to vote on Election Day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Blackford High School and the Montpelier Civic Center.

Aside from the U.S. presidential race, there is a lot for Blackford County residents to vote for in this election.

Here’s how the Blackford County ballot will look:

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

Republican: Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence

Democrat: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

Libertarian: Gary Johnson and Bill Weld

Write-In:

U.S. SENATOR

Republican: Todd Young

Democrat: Evan Bayh

Libertarian: Lucy Brenton

Write-In:

GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR

Republican: Eric Holcomb and Suzanne Crouch

Democrat: John R. Gregg and Christina Hale

Libertarian: Rex Bell and Karl (K-TAT) Tatgenhorst

Write-In:

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Republican: Curtis T. Hill, Jr.

Democrat: Lorenzo Arrendondo

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

Republican: Jennifer McCormick

Democrat: Glenda Ritz

U.S. REP. DISTRICT 3

Republican: Jim Banks

Democrat: Tommy A. Schrader

Libertarian: Pepper Snyder

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Republican: Kevin A. Mahan

Democrat: Lynn Johnson

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

Republican: Nick Barry

COUNTY CLERK

Republican: Laura Pierce Coons

Democrat: Derinda Thiery Shady

COUNTY RECORDER

Republican: Kelli J. Schriver

Democrat: Janet K. Gilland

COUNTY TREASURER

Democrat: Dana Turner

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1

Republican: John P. Oxley

Democrat: Scott Confer

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3

Republican: John A. Lancaster

Democrat: Thomas Armstrong

COUNTY COUNCIL AT-LARGE (VOTE FOR 3)

Republican: Jack D. Beckley

Republican: Ryan C. Goodspeed

Democrat: Patrick Cale

Democrat: Matt Felver

Democrat: Travis Pearson

NON-PARTISAN OFFICES

SCHOOL BOARD

HARTFORD CITY AT-LARGE

Andy Dudelston

Christopher Smith

MONTPELIER AT-LARGE

Melissa D. Clouse

Troy M. Kaufman

John S. Payne

JUDGE OF THE INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS

2nd DISTRICT

Shall Judge James S. Kirsch be retained in office?

JUDGE OF THE INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS

4TH DISTRICT

Shall Judge Patricia A. Riley be retained in office?

PUBLIC QUESTION

Shall the Constitution of the state of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?