EDITORIAL: A recap of our spring endorsements

2014-05-05T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: A recap of our spring endorsements nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 12:00 am  • 

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.

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