Candidate filings continued this week for the May 8 Democratic and Republican primary elections.
Those filing in recent days include:
Democratic Party candidates: 1st District Lake County Councilman David Hamm is running for re-election; Carl "The Spoon" Weatherspoon Jr. is challenging Lake Auditor John Petalas; former Gary City Councilman Ronier L. Scott and Leonard White are running for the 3rd District County Council seat.
Also: North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan is running for re-election; Merrillville Town Councilwoman Chrissy Baron is challenging Ross Township Trustee Joe Shudick; Michael "Mike" Ellis is challenging Hobart Township Trustee Thomas Silich.
Republican candidates: Center Township Assessor Joe Krnich, filed for re-election; Cedar Lake Town Councilman Robert H. "Bob" Carnahan is running for re-election, and Matthew R. Felder is running for the 2nd Ward Lowell Town Council seat.
Democratic candidates: Sheriff David M. Reynolds is running for re-election. Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy and Westchester Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick are running for re-election.
Republican candidates: Prosecutor Brian T. Gensel is running for re-election; 1st District Porter County Councilman Andy Bozak is running for re-election. Liberty Township Trustee Beth A. Underwood and Morgan Township Trustee Rodney King are running for re-election. Karyl VanDyke is challenging Pleasant Township Trustee Jean C. Oehlman
Democratic candidates: Sean Fitzpatrick is challenging 3rd District Council Councilman Mark S. Yagelski. Coolspring Township Trustee Jackline "Jackie" Atwater is running for re-election.
Republican candidates: Sheriff John T. Boyd is running for re-election. Kankakee Township Trustee Steve Lestinsky Jr., Springfield Township Trustee Howard Conley and Center Township Trustee Lisa M. Pierzakowski are running for re-election.
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, is running for re-election
Republicans running for U.S. Senate are: Mike Braun, Andrew Horning, Mark Hurt, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.
Republican David Dopp is a candidate for the 1st Congressional District.
Indiana General Assembly
Democratic candidates: 14th House District state Rep. Vernon G. Smith; Carolyn B. Jackson for 1st House District, Ragen H. Hatcher and Jessica Renslow for the 3rd House District; Duane Parry for the 9th House District; Charles "Chuck" Moseley for the 10th House District; Delano Scaife for the 11th House District and Chris Chyung and Chris Kukuch for the 15th House District
Republican candidates: Charles B. Kallas for the 1st Senate District; Cole Stultz for the 4th Senate District.