CROWN POINT | Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin filed Monday for re-election in the spring Democratic primary.
Elgin, who has served as the executive of one of the largest township assistance programs in the state since 2003, is seeking a new term in office.
Democrat Kimberly "Kim" Robinson, of Gary, earlier posted her name as a candidate for the job, which pays $89,000 annually. The candidate filing period closes Feb. 7.
Elgin, a former steelworker, captured the job from former Trustee Dozier Allen Jr., 12 years ago and moved it to modern offices in downtown Gary.
She inherited homeless shelters, a fleet of 46 township-owned vehicles and a staff that exceeded 230 employees and processed an average of 36,500 requests every year for millions of dollars in food, rent, utilities, burial services and other assistance.
In recent years, reductions in the township's tax base have forced her to retrench, reducing her staff to 77 and her annual budget to less than $11 million, although that still dwarfs all but a handful of urban townships.
In other filings, Calumet Township Assessor Jacquelyn "Jackie" Collins filed for re-election in the Democratic primary. Winfield Township Trustee Roland "Rollie" Brauer Jr. filed for re-election in the Republican primary.
Jesus L. Ortiz Jr., of East Chicago, becomes the third Democratic candidate for Lake County assessor. Jerome Prince, of Gary, and Michael Troxell, of St. John Township, filed earlier for township assessor.
Chris S. Salatas Jr. filed as a Republican for Lowell Town Council 4th Ward.