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Lake County Government Center

CROWN POINT — The Lake County elections board will take up challenges Feb. 27 that could remove as many as 28 names from the May 8 primary ballot.

The elections board is being asked to remove two incumbent county officials, Lake County Councilman Dave Hamm, D-Hammond, and Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, as well as two Democratic candidates for the 2nd District Council seat — Catherine Campbell and Dorothy "Dot" Spires.

Michelle Fajman, county elections director, said the complaints claim the four failed to properly complete the paperwork needed to run for public office.

Peter Katic, a member of the North Township board, is challenging four other Democrats seeking to run for the township board this spring.

Katic said Philip T. King, Edwardo D. Banda Sr., Jovanka Ivetic, Darren Taylor and Al "Junior" Weems failed to fill out their candidate paperwork.

James Wieser, the Lake County Democratic chairman, is challenging 11 persons running for the party office for Democratic precinct committee member on grounds they have no history of having voted as a Democrat. 

Other precinct committee candidates are the targets of eight other challenges.

Porter County and LaPorte County officials said no challenges to major candidates were made prior to the noon deadline Friday.


Lake County reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.