News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 3, 2012

Parke County

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — As the countdown to the primary continues, Parke County Clerk Diana Hazlett said preparations for the countywide election are going smoothly. An average of 10 to 20 absentee voters per day have been casting ballots in advance of election day, she said.

New this year on election night will be a video broadcast of results as they are tallied in the courthouse. Hazlett said a big screen television will be set up in the courtroom, networked to upload results on screen so the public can keep track of the races. An emcee will announce results and introduce candidates during the evening.

“I’m really excited about trying this out,” Hazlett said, noting that the public is invited to watch election returns in the courthouse.

One Republican race drawing interest is District 1 county commissioner, which has incumbent George Nicholas of Rosedale challenged by Dan R. Collom of Rosedale. Nicholas is in his sixth four-year term as commissioner.

Also on the Republican ballot are two candidates for the three seats at-large seats on county council. John K. Pratt of Rockville and J.B. Butler of Rockville are both incumbents already seated on the county council.

Following the primary election, the Republican Party will caucus to select a third candidate for the fall ballot. The Democratic Party will caucus to select three candidates for the fall ballot.

The Republicans also will have to caucus for a candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Mary Jo Harkrider, who is in her first term as county recorder.

In the county treasurer’s race, incumbent Democrat Mary Alice Gregg of Rockville faces a November challenge by Republican candidate Laura Jean Fischer of Rockville. Both candidates are unopposed in the primary. Gregg is serving her second term as treasurer.

Republican Party ballot

District 1 County Commissioner

George Nicholas

Dan R. Collom