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The time to file as a candidate for elective office for the City of Brazil expired Friday at 12:00 noon. Since all seats are uncontested there is no need for a Brazil City primary this year.
According to Election Administrator Beth Mallinak, Indiana statute provides for such an occurrence. There's a one week time period in which either party chairman can request a primary election. The deadline for such a request is 12:00 noon, Feb. 28.
County Clerk Mary Brown said, without researching it, she would estimate the cost for a city primary election could run as high as $13,000.
Both party chairmen were asked if they would request that a primary election be held.
Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Buell said, "I can't think of why we would. We could spend that money in better ways."
Linda Moreau, Democratic Party Chairman, voiced a similar opinion. "I'm speaking for the central committee," she said. "With no competition and the cost of having a primary election, it would be in the best interest not to have one because it would save the county, the city and the citizens of Clay County thousands of dollars."
Beth Mallinak added, "I don't know why anyone would want a primary if all offices are uncontested. I can't imagine there would be very many voters," she said. "Voter turn out is usually very low in a primary anyway."