Jennings County Clerk Amy Thompson, left, assists Bill Elmore as he files as a Democratic candidate Tuesday for District 1 comissioner.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Three Democratic Party candidates have filed in the last five days for the 2020 election in Jennings County. All three are running for the District 1 commissioner seat now held by Republican incumbent Bob Willhite.
Democrat Jeff Galliher of Lovett Township filed his candidacy papers at the Jennings County Clerk's Election Office Friday. Then on Tuesday morning, Bill Elmore, of Spencer Township, threw his hat into the ring. Tuesday afternoon, Floyd Bowman, also of Spencer Township, added his name to the mix.
That means there will be both a Democratic and Republican primary election in Jennings County. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 5.
As of now, only the District 1 commissioner race for the Democratic nomination will be contested in that party's primary election. So far, Bowman, Elmore and Galliher are the only Democratic candidates to file for a county office in 2020.
As previously reported, the Republican Party will have at least two contested primary races. Incumbent treasurer Kitty Shepherd, who is seeking a second term, is facing a challenge from Tina Belding Brison. Shane Boswell and Josh Yeager are GOP candidates for the District 2 commissioner seat where the Republican incumbent, Dave Lane, is not running for reelection.
Referee Steve Corya, left, and Jennings County High School girls basketball coach Kristi Sigler were together on the Hurley Gymnasium court during Tuesday's game. Corya, of Scipio, and Sigler, of North Vernon, will receive honors at the Indiana Hall of Fame Banquet in April. The Lady Panthers won Tuesday's game 61-59. A story and more photos are on pages 6A and 7A.-Photo by Jeffrey Everroad