Candidate filing to open for election ballot


Candidates interested in seats on this year’s ballot can start filing for those positions on Wednesday.

The positions run from the national level, the highest being U.S. President, to local school board seats.

Unlike past years, the position of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction will not be on the election ballot. The Indiana General Assembly decided in 2017 to make this a position appointed by the governor. The appointment was to have started in January 2025. But after current Superintendent Jennifer McCormick announced in October 2018 that she would not run for a second term, the Legislature decided to move up the date of the first appointment to January 2021; that change was approved during this past legislative session, in 2019.

In the May 5 primary, voters will select a party ballot and vote for candidates to represent the party in the Nov. 3 general election.

The monthlong filing period will close at noon Friday, Feb. 7.

The seats on Dubois County’s primary ballot are:

• President

• United States Representative District 8

• Governor

• Attorney General

• State Representative districts 63 and 74

• Circuit Court Judge

• County Commissioner districts 1 and 3

• County Council at-large (three seats)

• County Coroner

• County Surveyor

• County Treasurer

Candidates running for county seats can file their paperwork at the Dubois County Clerk’s Office in the Dubois County Courthouse. Candidates filing for judge, state positions and federal seats must file their paperwork with the Indiana Election Division in Indianapolis.

School board elections will also be on the fall ballot. The filing period for those seats will open Wednesday, July 22, and close at noon Friday, Aug. 21. The school board seats that will be up for election are:

• Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board districts 2, 3 and 4

• Southwest Dubois County School Board districts 1 and 3

• Southeast Dubois County School Board at-large and districts A and C

Northeast Dubois County School Board seats are appointed positions, so those do not appear on the election ballot.

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