Lake, Porter County Primary Elections
May 7, 2014 — Lakeshore Public Media staff —
Incumbent Lake County Sheriff John Buncich will face Republican candidate Dan Bursac in the November election. With Lake County voter turnout for yesterday’s primary election at only 12-percent, Buncich easily defeated challengers Richard Ligon and county police Sergeant Oscar Martinez for the Democratic Party nomination. Bursac beat John Ramos, Jr. for the GOP nomination.
County Councilman Jerome Prince beat challengers Mike Troxell and Jesus Ortiz to win the Democratic nomination for County Assessor. He’ll face incumbent Lake County Assessor Jolie Covaciu in the November general election. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary after being elected to the office by party caucus in 2013, replacing the late Republican Assessor Hank Adams.
Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid defeated two challengers to continue her re-election bid in November. She beat Alberto “Beto” Ochoa Sr. and East Chicago Councilman Juda Parks. Cid voted against a Lake County income tax… but she says she listened to her constituents to make her decision and they must have supported her for that.
Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin lost a bid for re-election in November, when her challenger Gary City Councilwoman Kimberly Robinson won 55-percent of the vote to Elgin’s 45-percent. Robinson will face unopposed Republican Dorita P. Lee in November. If Robinson wins the Trustee’s seat this fall, she will face the challenge of meeting a very restrictive budget. After years of complaints from Griffith officials, state lawmakers passed legislation allowing Griffith to leave the township if spending isn’t curtailed.
In Porter County — Former two-term Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds handily beat political newcomer Harold Lush for the Democratic nomination for the post being vacated by term-limited Sheriff David Lain. Reynolds will face Republican Michael Brickner, Valparaiso’s police chief, in the November general election. Brickner was unopposed on Tuesday.
Republican candidates for County Council campaigned for a spot on the fall election ballot. Incumbent Jim Polarek lost to Michael Jessen in District 4, incumbent Jim Biggs narrowly defeated political newcomer Kyle Yelton for the District 1 nomination. In District 3, incumbent Karen Conover withstood a challenge from Russell “Chet” Barone. Democrats did not have contested races Tuesday in any of the four County Council districts.
Republican Jeff Good won Tuesday’s three-way primary race for the GOP nomination for a County Commissioner seat. He won by a wide margin over incumbent Nancy Adams, who is serving her first term.
Center Township Board Secretary Douglas Miller reportedly beat former Valparaiso City Council Member Robert “Bob” McCasland as the Republican candidate to replace Chuck Conover, who is retiring. Miller will face Democrat Mark Vittetoe in November, who ran unopposed.
In LaPorte County — Major John Boyd was unopposed in the GOP race for County Sheriff and will face Al Ott in November. Ott beat out two other challengers for the Democratic Party nomination.