Friday marked the deadline to file a declaration of candidacy (with a major political party) for the Primary, and a few new names joined the list.
Since Friday, Feb. 11, Republicans Dustin Jorgensen (Common Council of the City of Brazil, Ward 4) and John S. Nelson (Mayor), who currently sits on the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety, filed their candidate declarations. In addition, incumbent Republican Sam Glover filed his intent to seek re-election to his seat as Ward 2 representative on the council.
In addition, Gary D. Rickert, who had initially filed to run for Mayor on the Republican ticket, withdrew his name from the race Feb. 14, but filed a new declaration of candidacy to run for Ward 1 council representative. Democrat Brad Deal is the incumbent and is also running for re-election.
With both Deal and Rickert unopposed in the Primary, they will automatically move forward and appear on the Municipal Election ballot in November.
However, there will be a couple of contested races this spring, both of which are for Mayor.
Nelson will face current Brazil Township Trustee Thomas J. (T.J.) Sneddon on the Republican ticket, while incumbent Ann Bradshaw faces a pair of foes on the Democratic side in Brian Wyndham and Beverly Sue Chaney.
Each of the remaining Brazil races will not be contested in the Primary.
Incumbent Karen McQueen was the lone individual who filed to run for clerk-treasurer, and Glover is the only candidate for Ward 2 at this point in time.
Also moving on to appear on the Nov. 8 Municipal Election ballot are Jorgenson and incumbent Democrat Bill Lovett for the Ward 4 council seat, along with incumbent Republican Pat Heffner and Democrat Tyler Hutcheson for the At-Large position on the council.
However, the current candidates have until noon, Monday, to change their minds and withdraw their declarations of candidacy, if they so choose.
Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times noon, Thursday, June 30, will be an important deadline in how the election in November shapes up.
"That is the deadline for independent candidates to file a petition of nomination for the purpose of verifying petition signatures in order to appear on the Municipal Election ballot," she said. "It is also the deadline for the Republican and Democratic parties to conduct their caucuses to fill a vacancy left following the Primary."
Mallinak added the two major parties have until noon, Tuesday, July 5, to file a certificate stating a ballot vacancy has been filled.
In addition, those wanting to become candidates in a town with a population of less than 3,500 (which includes Carbon, Center Point, Clay City, Harmony, Knightsville and Staunton), have until noon, Monday Aug. 1 to file their declarations.
Voter registration, which is currently open, will end at the close of business Monday, April 4, for the May 3 Municipal Primary Election.
Other than registering at the Clay County Election Office or a branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, residents may fill out an application online at www.indianavoters.com. Through the website, potential voters may also locate their polling place, along with who will be on the ballot in their respective precinct, as the information becomes available to the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division. In addition, a mobile version of the site was made available in October 2010.
The entire 2011 Municipal Election Calendar is available for viewing at www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/2011Calen....