Two Republican candidates and one from the newly-formed Libertarian Party declared their intent Wednesday to seek the Vincennes City Council’s two at-large seats.

Incumbent District 5 city councilman Tim Salters will run, instead, for an at-large seat, and he is joined by political newcomer Marc McNeece.

Bruce Johnson will run for an at-large seat as a Libertarian.

Salters, 35, has served his council district for nearly eight years but is now looking to serve the city as a whole. Before entering the political arena, he was a teacher with the South Knox School Corporation. He now serves as promotional and marketing coordinator for the Vincennes Community School Corp.

McNeece, 48, is known locally for his 15 years as the president of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, a post he left in October of 2017. He is now assistant vice president and branch manager at Regions Bank, 2202 N. Sixth St.

Salters and McNeece were part of a near full slate of GOP candidates who went together to declare their intentions to seek a city office.

No Democrats filed for council races on what was the first day for candidates to declare their intentions. Candidates can file through noon on Feb. 8.

Like McNeece, Johnson, 38, is making his first run for political office. He serves as secretary of the Knox County Libertarian Party, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is currently employed at Rural King.

The two at-large seats are currently filled by Democrats Duane Chattin and Shirley Rose, two longtime council members.

Elected officials four years ago canceled the primary election as there were no contested races within the parties.

If there is a need for a primary election this year, it will be held on May 7.

Voters would begin casting their ballots for the primary election on April 9 when early and absentee voting begins. Voter registration is also underway and will continue until April 8.

After the primary election, no one can file to run for office, although local party leaders can appoint someone to fill open slots should there be any.

The General Election will be on Nov. 5.

For more information about filing requirements and deadlines, contact county clerk David Shelton at 812-895-4927.

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