But we’re back at it in 2014 with primary and general elections ahead, and that means it’s time to catch up on your reading and thinking as the campaigns get into full swing and the time to vote gets near.
The primary election is May 6. The general election is Nov. 4.
It’s a “midterm” election this year in that it’s not a presidential election. Federal offices up for grabs during the midterms are members of the U.S Congress, including all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and the full terms for a third of the 100 seats in the United States Senate.
Many states elect their governors to four-year terms during midterm elections. (Vermont and New Hampshire elect governors to two-year terms in both midterm and presidential elections).
According to the Allen County Election Board, the only federal election we face this year is the 3rd District seat in the House of Representatives, currently held by Marlin Stutzman.
The statewide offices on the Allen County primary ballot will include races for state senator in districts 14 and 15 as well as races for state representative in nine districts (50, 52 and 79-85). Former City Council member Liz Brown, Sheriff Ken Fries, Darren Vogt and Jeffrey Snyder have filed to run as Republicans for District 15 state senator, along with Democrat Jack Morris.
In the county and local races there will be competition for the 38th district prosecuting attorney (Mike Loomis vs. Karen Richards), circuit court clerk, county auditor, county recorder, county sheriff (Republicans David Gladieux and Luke Nathalang and Democrat David Roach), county assessor, two county commissioners (districts 2 and 3) and four county council members (districts 1-4).
All 20 townships in Allen County will have races for township trustees and board members. Wayne Township will also be voting for township assessor.
Grabill, Leo-Cedarville, Huntertown and Zanesville will all include council members and/or clerk-treasurer positions on the ballot.
There are some additional local races that will be on the general election ballot in November but not on the primary ballot. Those include the 38th district circuit court judge and five superior court judges. There will also be three school board positions on the ballot in both Fort Wayne Community Schools and East Allen County Schools and two each in Northwest Allen County Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools.
The News-Sentinel will be interviewing candidates in the next several weeks in some of the key races in order to provide more in-depth information for voters and to give us some better perspective in formulating our own opinions on this page for possible endorsements.