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From the County Election Board
News on the local election candidate filing front:
Here's a PDF of the primary candidate list from the Indiana Secretary of State's office.
Ben GiaQuinta's son Phil will face Geoff Paddock in the Democratic primary for the seat the elder GiaQuinta is vacating in the state legislature.
At Indiana Parley, an audio interview with Democratic candidate David Roach, who, now that the dust has settled, will be running against Tina Taviano and Michael Joyner in the Democratic primary for Allen County sheriff.
From the interview:
"One of the main reasons I'm running is because we need civilian oversight of both police departments," said Roach. "The other reason is to make people aware of the progress of the merging of the Indianapolis police department and Marion County sheriff's department into one law enforcement agency. The reason for that here in Allen County is so that their priorities for law enforcement won't conflict so we don't have city police filling up the jail for Mickey Mouse-misdemeanors and overloading the court system when there's murderers, robbers, rapists, child molestors and stuff like that running around loose. So it would just be a smoother system, and besides, it's an opportunity to put the Fort Wayne Police Department out of business once and for all."
Roach also addressed his strategy of filing in races where the Allen County Democratic Party had not fielded a candidate, only to withdraw and file for a different office when someone filed to oppose him.
"When I started this campaign, the original idea that, well, there's no Democratic candidates, and so therefore the race is wide open. Like ITT radio, I decided to channel-hop and whatever office was open at the end of the filing period I was gonna jump into. Thus the strategy of the stack of filings and withdrawals. And since then, the Democratic chairman has had to pull at least eight or twelve rabbits out of his hat to fill in the slots. Now if they all withdraw by 11:45, then the Democratic Party is going to look like a bunch of fools for all the effort that they had to go to to stop Roach at all costs. So either way, they've all been "Punk'd."
Other notes from an additional Indiana Parley audio post from the scene:
- Fred Warner, formerly of the Southwest Allen County School Board, has filed for the 4th District seat on the Allen County Council. Warner is head of investment relations for Steel Dynamics Inc. He's challenging incumbent Cal Miller.
- Left of Centrist's Robert Rouse has filed to be a precinct committeeman as well as a delegate to the Democratic state convention. Another local blogger, Jeff Fraser, has filed to be a delegate to the state convention on the Republican side.
ALSO: Expect Allen County Democratic Party chair Kevin Knuth to try to get the local media to overlook the fact that the Dems failed to put up candidates for either county commissioner race and instead run with the story that for the first time in ten years, the Democrats had more people file to be precinct committeemen than the Republicans (72 to 69).