by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune
---- — Filing to run for several public offices in Cass County will begin this week.
Candidates will be able to file Wednesday through Feb. 7 at noon. Application packets will be available at the Cass County Voter Registration Office on the first floor of the Cass County Government Building, 200 Court Park.
"We have a very, very large election coming up," said Cass County Clerk Beth Liming.
This year will bring elections in the county for recorder, sheriff, assessor, commissioner for the 3rd District, council members for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts, trustees and board members for all 14 townships, Democratic precinct committee members and Democrat and Republican state convention delegates.
The ballots in May and November will also include candidates for U.S. Representative in Congress District 4, Indiana House of Representatives districts 23, 25 and 38 and Cass County Prosecuting Attorney. Those seeking these positions must file with the Indiana Election Division in Indianapolis.
Several Cass County Council members whose terms end this year plan to run again, including Grover Bishop, Phil Rains and Brian Reed.
Reed stated in a press release he has enjoyed the last three years of his second term on the council. He goes on to praise fiscal prioritization throughout county departments and said he is encouraged by current and future economic development projects in the area.
"I look forward to the next four years and will continue to work to appropriate tax payer dollars responsibly," Reed said in the release.
Dave Arnold, a commissioner representing the county's 3rd District, recently announced he will not run for a third term this year.
Arnold said he takes pride in the amount of time he has devoted to the position, adding that it's important to have someone in the commissioners' office as much as possible for county employees and taxpayers to relay their concerns.
Minor health issues are part of the reason he won't be on the ballot this spring, Arnold said, adding that the decision also falls in line with his firm belief in two-term limits.
"You become lazy," Arnold said. "You also learn the ins and outs of things and that's not always a good thing. I don't want to be known for that."
Lisa Swaim, chief deputy prosecutor for the county, announced her intention to file for Cass County Prosecuting Attorney in September. Kevin Enyeart, the county's current prosecuting attorney, will finish his third term this year and will not seek reelection.
Cindy Howard, secretary for the Cass County Commissioners, said this summer she plans to file for recorder.
Liming said recent changes in Indiana Code no longer permit employed or volunteer firefighters to serve on executive legislatures or fiscal bodies whose jurisdiction areas fall within the areas they provide fire protection for.
Absentee applications for Cass County public offices can be obtained by calling the voter registration office at 574-753-7870. Liming encouraged those with questions about filing to call the office as well.
April 7 is the deadline for voter registration. Liming said those registering to vote will now have the opportunity to receive a receipt to serve as proof of their registration. She added those providing others with voter registration forms will have 10 days to submit them to the clerk's office after they are completed.
Voter registration can be done at indianavoters.com or by visiting the Cass County Voter Registration Office on the first floor of the Cass County Government Building. Questions can be directed to the office at 574-753-7870.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirkpharostribune.com. Follow him: PharosMAK
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story misstated the location of where those seeking public office in Cass County can receive their applications.
If you go: WHAT: Filing to run for public office in Cass County WHEN: Wednesday through Feb. 7 at noon. WHERE: Cass County Voter Registration Office, first floor of the Cass County Government Building, 200 Court Park.
The following offices will be available for filing in Cass County starting Wednesday: • Recorder • Sheriff • Assessor • Commissioner 3rd District • Council members 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts • All township trustees • All township board members • Democratic precinct committee members • Democrat and Republican state convention delegates