Hoosiers will cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election. Unless they are Boone Township residents casting votes solely on the school funding referendum, voters must request either a Democratic or Republican ballot.
To help speed the process in the polls, The Times Editorial Board offers this handy recap of our endorsements in selected races.
Calumet Township trustee — D
Gary Councilwoman Kimberly Robinson is an outsider, which is what the township needs.
Lake County assessor - D
Jerome Prince's slight edge is he's already working with the five township assessors — which is more assessors than any other county.
Porter County sheriff - D
David Reynolds not only has vast experience but also the forward thinking Porter County needs.
Lake County sheriff - D
We're uncomfortable with John Buncich's treatment of one of his opponents during our endorsement interview, but we still believe Buncich is the strongest candidate.
Lake County sheriff - R
Dan Bursac's knowledge of the department, serving in a number of capacities over the years, gives him the edge.
Porter County commissioner - R
Jeff Good is a hard-driven executive who currently represents the county well on the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and served on the Jobs Cabinet.
Lake County commissioner - D
Roosevelt Allen Jr. seems to be on top of the issues and has a broader grasp of what must be done.
Lake County Council District 1 - D
Incumbent Dave Hamm already has begun to accomplish many of the reforms his opponent suggests.
Lake County Council District 3 - D
There's enough mud being slung in this district to make an adobe village. We offer a cautious endorsement of Jamal Washington.
Lake County Council District 5 - D
Incumbent Christine Cid is a rebel on the County Council. We appreciate her cautious approach to budget issues.
Porter County Council District 1 - R
Jim Biggs can be a brake on bad decisions and promises this would be his final term.
Porter County Council District 3 - R
Russell "Chet" Barone is concerned — as he should be — about the unbalanced county budget, which his opponent approved. His business experience would be useful on the council.
Porter County Council District 4 - R
Michael Jessen's leadership in the Union Township School Corp. referendum shows his commitment to education and quality of life in Porter County. He has a strong business background, too.
Indiana Senate District 6 - R
Rick Niemeyer's experience at the township, county and state level will be useful in understanding the downstream impact of public policy crafted at the state level.
Indiana Senate District 6 - D
Roxanna Hanford understands better what impact state actions have on local government in Indiana.
House District 11 - R
Michael Aylesworth's long history of public service in Porter County and with state government, as a political appointee, has given him a broad perspective.
House District 11 - D
Phillip Kuiper is perceptive, and Indiana needs more state legislators with that mind-set.
House District 19 - R
Julie Olthoff has economic development experience and savvy that could prove useful in the House of Representatives.