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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Twenty-two candidates set to square off in Marion County political races

Twenty-two candidates have qualified with the Marion County Supervisor of Elections to run for office in the upcoming elections.

All county offices – judge, school board and county commissioner – are contested and will appear on the ballot. All special district offices have been elected without opposition and will not appear on the ballot.

The candidates for the contested races are:

COUNTY JUDGE
These are non-partisan races and winners will be elected in the Aug. 28 primary election. The candidates are:

County Judge 2: William “Bill” Ramputi, Sarah Ritterhoff Williams (incumbent)

County Judge 3: Leann Mackey Barnes, Tommy Thompson (incumbent)

County Judge 4: Byron Aven, Robert Landt (incumbent)

SCHOOL BOARD
These races are non-partisan and will appear on the Aug. 28 primary ballot. To win, a candidate must get 50 percent of the vote plus one. Otherwise, the two candidates with the most votes will compete in the Nov. 6 general election. The candidates are:

School Board District 3: Eric Ruben Cummings, Donnie Prophet and Ed Wilson. Incumbent Bobby James is not seeking re-election.

School Board District 4: Angie Boynton (incumbent), Jane Moerlie and Nancy Thrower

School Board District 5: Pete Anderson, Shelia Arnett and Kelly King (incumbent)

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
The two Republican candidates in each race will face each other in the Aug. 28 primary election. The winner will then square off against the write-in candidates in the Nov. 6 general election. The candidates are:

County Commissioner District 2: Joe Brown (Write-in), Kathy Bryant (Republican, incumbent), Michael Crimi (Republican), Jared Reddick (Write-in)

County Commissioner District 4: Eddie Leedy (Republican), Deanna Morey (Write-in), Carl Zalak III (Republican, incumbent)

ALREADY ELECTED
Three candidates for Villages Community Development Districts, two for Soil and Water Districts, two for Chandler Hills Community Development Districts and one for Indigo East Community Development District have been elected with no opposition and will not appear on the ballot. Those winners are:

Villages Community Development District 4, Seat 3: James “Jim” Murphy
Villages Community Development District 4, Seat 4: Mark Hayes
Villages Community Development District 4, Seat 5: Don Deakin
Soil and Water Conservation District 1: Justin Albright
Soil and Water Conservation District 4: Vivi Serena
Chandler Hills East Community Development District, Seat 1: Robert Scherff
Chandler Hills East Community Development District, Seat 5: John Bain
Indigo East Community Development District, Seat 3: Terry Solan