CROWN POINT | A campaign to support ethical training in local government has more political candidates climbing aboard.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and his opponents in the May 6 Democratic primary are among those responding to an effort to have almost everyone on the spring ballot join the mission of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.
Buncich and his opponents, Richard Ligon and Lake County police Sgt. Oscar Martinez Jr., said they have signed.
So did Dan Bursac and John Ramos Jr., Republican candidates for sheriff.
Ron Matlock and Katy Dowling, Democratic candidates for Lake County Council, and Josefina Magallanes, a Democratic candidate for county clerk, said they, too, have signed the pledge.
Lake County Clerk Mike Brown and Jamal Washington, a Democratic council candidate, had signed up earlier.
The commission is using this spring's elections to push its 9-year-old message that all local government officials need to drop their reluctance to join the commission and its efforts to put ethical policies in place, and train employees how to use them to avoid corruption.
Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Highland, Hobart, Lowell, Munster, Schererville, Whiting and LaPorte County have signed on, but other communities and counties have yet to respond.
Calvin Bellamy, founder and president of the commission, said the group has mailed its 2014 Candidate Ethics Action Pledge to candidates for county office in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, and municipal seats in Kouts, Dyer, Lowell, Schererville and St. John.