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LaGrange County goes to the polls Tuesday

It is one of the largest Primary ballots in a very long time as six different LaGrange County offices have contested races to see who the Republican candidate will be in the general election.

Both the LaGrange Superior Court and the 35th Circuit Court are being contested. Incumbent Superior Court Judge George Brown is facing challenger Lisa Bowen-Slaven, while Circuit Court Judge Scott VanDerbeck is being challenged by R. Larry Helmer.

The current LaGrange County Prosecutor, Jeff Wible, is looking to retain his post as former prosecutor Tim Cain seeks to return to the office.

Regardless of the outcome Tuesday, LaGrange County will have a new sheriff next year as Sheriff Terry Martin finishes up his second term. Three Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination in the Primary: current Chief Deputy Jeff Campos, Deputy Randy Mellinger and LaGrange Town Marshal Richard Snyder.

One of the three county commissioner seats is being contested on Tuesday. Incumbent Garry Heller faces two challengers for the North District seat, Terry Martin and David Nelson.

One county council member is also being challenged in the Primary as incumbent Richard Yoder looks to hold off former council member Harold Gingerich.

U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman of Howe has two challengers as he seeks to retain his office. Mark Baringer of Ft. Wayne and James Mahoney III of Huntington are seeking to upset Stutzman to earn the Republican nomination.

State Representative Dennis Zent, representing District 51, along with District 82 State Representative David Ober are both running unopposed in the Primary.

County offices that are on unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot are:

County Auditor Kay Myers, County Surveyor Rex Pranger, County Assessor Patricia Monroe, County Council District 2 George Bachman, County Council District 4 Peter Cook.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Results will be posted at the LaGrange County Courthouse later that evening as they arrive from around the county.

Full election results will be in Friday’s LaGrange News, which will be on newsstands by Thursday afternoon.