HAMMOND | The city's Democratic precinct organization has endorsed all incumbents seeking re-election for federal and local offices.
David Woerpel, the Hammond Democratic chairman, said Friday the precinct committee members voted their approval of: U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, Lake County Clerk Mike Brown, Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter, Sheriff John Buncich and County Council members Christine Cid and David Hamm.
They also endorsed North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan.
Visclosky is running unopposed in the May 6 Democratic primary. Brown is being challenged by Josefina Magallanes, of East Chicago.
Buncich is being challenged by Richard D. Ligon, of Gary, and Oscar Martinez Jr., of Crown Point, in the sheriff's race.
Hamm is opposed by Antonio Daggett Sr., of Hammond. Cid is being challenged by Alberto "Beto" Ochoa Sr., of Hammond, and Juda S. Parks, of East Chicago.
In countywide races with no incumbents running, the city organization endorsed Jerome Prince for county assessor over Michael Troxell, of Schererville, and Jesus L. Ortiz Jr., of East Chicago.
It also endorsed Lake County Auditor Peggy Katona's bid for county treasurer and Lake County Treasurer John Petalas' run for county auditor. They are both unopposed.
Woerpel said the organization endorsed Peter Katic and Richard J. Novak for the North Township Board. He said none of the six other candidates for the three board seats received the required two-thirds votes to win endorsements.