November ballot now set in Vincennes, Bicknell

Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum will serve a third term.

No one had previously filed to seek to unseat the city’s Democrat mayor, and on Wednesday the deadline for local Republicans to appoint a candidate to fill an empty slot passed uneventfully.

So the November ballot is officially set.

“I’m excited,” he said Wednesday during Fourth of July festivities downtown. “I enjoy my job. I enjoy working with everybody.

“A lot is happening right now, and it comes from everyone working together,” Yochum said. “It’s very nice to be a part of that.”

Yochum was first elected in 2011, upending fellow Democrat and incumbent mayor Al Baldwin in the May primary and then defeating Republican former mayor Terry Mooney in the November general election.

He ran unopposed four years later.

“It sure makes my job easier,” he said with a chuckle. “I can concentrate more on doing my job as mayor than having to worry about campaigning.

“I just want to keep doing what we’re doing, finding every grant dollar we can and continuing with our repaving efforts.”

This week’s deadlines, too, mean there will be no election in Bicknell come fall.

Mayor Thomas Estabrook, a Democrat, is unopposed and will serve another term as will Bicknell City Judge Gary Byrer, a Republican.

Rebecca Nickless, also a Republican, will be Bicknell’s next clerk-treasurer as current clerk-treasurer Becky McGlone chose not to seek re-election.

On the Bicknell City Council, Republican Rod Mullins will serve another term as the District 1 representative. Richard “Butch” Bryer, another Republican, will retain his District 2 seat, and District 3 will see a new council member in Tim Miller, a Democrat, who will replace Tom Gugliotta, who did not seek re-election.

John Vendes, a Republican, will hold his District 4 seat, and Wally Cullen, a Democrat, will keep the city’s only at-large seat as well.

Vincennes will get a new clerk-treasurer as incumbent Sharon Meek will not seek re-election. Running for that post is Republican Cathy Lane, a former county assessor, and Democrat Angela Herron.

The Vincennes City Council races, too, are set.

In District 1, incumbent Republican Brian Grove will face a challenge from Will Drews, a Democrat and the county’s natural resource specialist.

Incumbent Democrat Traci Breece, who was appointed to the District 2 seat upon the death of Jim Westfall a year ago, will face Republican challenger Ed Gornall, and in District 3, Republican John Stangle will attempt to unseat long-time incumbent Democrat Scott Brown.

Also running in District 3 is Libertarian candidate, the city’s first, Shane Lemler.

In District 4, incumbent Dan Ravellette, a Democrat, will face off with Republican candidate Michelle James, and Ryan Lough, a Republican, will run against Democrat Vicki Reeves in District 1.

The city’s two long-time at-large members, Duane Chattin and Shirley Rose, both Democrats, are facing challenges from Republicans Marc McNeece and Tim Salters.

Salters has held the District 5 seat now for two terms, but left it behind to seek the at-large seat instead.

The deadline for town elections is still about a month away, set for noon on Aug. 1.

According to county clerk David Shelton, at this time, there will be at least two general elections in the county’s unincorporated towns.

Edwardsport will host an election for clerk-treasurer, with incumbent Connie Dinkins, a Republican, facing Democrat Kim Robbins.

In Monroe City, Republicans will need to caucus before the final ballot is set for the November election, Shelton said, as four candidates have filed to run for three seats on the town council. Those are incumbents Mike Leech, who recently switched from Democrat to Republican, and Matt Powell. Joining them Juan Fuller and Michael Johnson.

Democrat incumbent Bill Sampson is also seeking re-election to his board seat.

The General Election will be held on Nov. 5.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 7.

For more information, to verify an existing voter registration or to find information on polling places, contact the county’s election office at 812-895-4927 or visit www.indianavoters.in.gov.

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