2016 Blackford County Candidates
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. Two candidates — John A. Lancaster and Travis Pearson — did not return the questionnaire.
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
Republican: Todd Young
Democrat: Evan Bayh
Libertarian: Lucy Brenton
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
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
Republican: Kevin A. Mahan
Democrat: Lynn Johnson
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE
Republican: Nick Barry
Republican: Laura Pierce Coons
Democrat: Derinda Thiery Shady
Republican: Kelli J. Schriver
Democrat: Janet K. Gilland
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
HARTFORD CITY AT-LARGE
Melissa D. Clouse
Troy M. Kaufman
John S. Payne
JUDGE OF THE INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS
Shall Judge James S. Kirsch be retained in office?
JUDGE OF THE INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS
Shall Judge Patricia A. Riley be retained in office?
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?