♦FWCS board: Electing a school board that would drastically change directions is not a good idea. But neither would it be smart to elect a board unanimous in its praise of the way things are going. So we recommend that the four available slots be filled with the two best supporters and two best critics of the FWCS administration. For supporters, we like incumbent Mark GiaQunita in the at-large race and newcomer Jordan Lebamoff in District 4. From the critics, we recommend challengers Lisa Olinger in the at-large race and Kurt Walborn in District 1.
♦Superior Court judge: We suspect Judge Kenneth Scheibenberg has earned enough disdain from the public to make his job on the bench too difficult. Wendy Davis would be a tough but fair jurist.
♦State offices: Two current Republican incumbents in state offices – Auditor Tim Berry and Treasurer Richard Mourdock – should be retained. In the secretary of state race, Republican Charles White is being investigated for ethical issues, so Democrat Vop Osili is the better choice.
♦Wayne Township: Incumbent Democrat Trustee Rick Stevenson has met the challenge of tough economic times. Also seeking re-election are Democratic township board members Tony Henry, Patricia Turner and Bruce Steir. If Republicans have a strong case that they haven't provided adequate oversight, we haven't heard it.
♦State legislature: We like both Republicans seeking another Senate term this election, Tom Wyss in District 15 and Travis Holdman in the 19th. We also favor most of the Republicans seeking House seats: challenger Mike Obergfell in the 81st, Kathleen Heuer in the 83rd, incumbent Bob Morris in the 84th and incumbent Phyllis Pond in District 85. The exception is incumbent Democrat Phil GiaQuinta in District 80, seeking his third term.
♦County offices: Republican Tera Klutz is the current deputy auditor and should be head of the department. Republican incumbent Sheriff Ken Fries should get another term. Republican Linda Bloom should be re-elected to the County Commission. In the District 1 County Council race, incumbent Democrat Maye Johnson should get another term. In the District 2 race, we recommend Republican Tom Harris.