Ballots have filled up in Cass County’s neighboring counties for primary elections this May.
Races for three major positions in Carroll County will be run by Republicans. Commissioner District 1 is contested by John Brown and Ron Slavens.
Slavens was commissioner for the district until November of last year, when a court ruled he had to give it up after no longer meeting the residency requirements for the position. While Slavens started spending his nights in a trailer out of the district in Delphi to better accommodate his late-night medical appointments, he spent his days in his Idaville home. The judge ruled where he slept as the determining residency factor, however, and Slavens had to step down as commissioner.
Now that his medical condition allows him to remain in Idaville, Slavens hopes to return to the board of commissioners. He is up against Brown, whom the Carroll County Republican Central Committee elected to replace Slavens. Brown is running to retain the position.
Slavens, a farmer, has served in several areas of Carroll County government, including a precinct committee, advisory board, as a township trustee and on the county council before being elected commissioner.
As a commissioner, Slavens supported the development of a recycling center south of Delphi. He said he would like to see the county maintain legislation he was involved in before having to leave the board allowing the county to take property owners to court over poor property maintenance.
“We’ve gotten a lot of properties cleaned up that way and I’d like to continue that,” Slavens said.
Republicans Kevin Hammond and Tobe Leazenby have filed to run for Carroll County sheriff.
Hammond has been a detective at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for the last 10 years. It is his first time running for public office. He said he got interested in politics after taking a leadership course in 2012.