Candidate filings for this year's county elections officially opened on Wednesday, and already four individuals submitted papers to seek office, according to county clerk David Shelton.

Kevin Meyer has filed as a Democrat to seek the county council at-large seat he was appointed to last month.

Tim Crowley announced last fall he would vacate that seat at the end of the year, so Democrats caucused to find a replacement; Meyer emerged the victor over Dan Reitmeyer and Ray McCormick.

Meyer holds the only Democrat seat on the county council. He previously served one term as a county commissioner, from 2009-12.

The other two county council at-large seats are are also up for grabs this year; they are currently held by Republicans David Culp and Harry Nolting.

Neither filed to seek re-election Wednesday or Thursday, but Linda Painter, the Republican Party chairman, announced via e-mail that three Republican candidates would be filing together for those three at-large seats at 1 p.m. today at the Knox County Courthouse.

Two county commissioners' seats are also up for grabs this year as District 1 commissioner Tim Ellerman and District 2 commissioner Trent Hinkle are both up for re-election.

Neither have yet filed, Shelton said, although a newcomer, Republican Pamela Hazel, did file to seek the District 2 seat.

Current county treasurer Brenda Hall filed to seek re-election this week as did Knox County Coroner Brian Hagen; both are Democrats.

Also up for re-election in 2020 are Superior Court I Judge Gara Lee as well as Superior Court II Judge Ryan Johannigsmeier. Neither have yet filed, Shelton said.

Candidate filings for the 2020 county election will close at noon on Feb. 7.

This year's Primary Election, if there is one, is scheduled for May 5 with the General Election on Nov. 3.

For more information, contact the county election office at 812-895-4927.

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