GOSHEN — The new year has arrived, and with it comes the promise of campaign signs in the yard, vigorous handshaking and impassioned stump speeches as election year 2014 gets underway.
With a new election season now upon us, the Elkhart County Election Board has announced it will begin accepting major party declarations for the 2014 primary election beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The deadline to file a declaration of candidacy is noon Feb. 7.
According to Chief Deputy Clerk Christopher Anderson, all filings must take place in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, which is located in the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen. Anderson noted that the clerk’s office is located within a secure building, and anyone entering will be required to pass through security.
“A candidate’s voter registration record must be current at the time of filing,” Anderson said. “All candidates for local and school board offices are now required, by state law, to also file a Statement of Economic Interests at the same time that a declaration of candidacy is filed.”
Anderson noted that the Statement of Economic Interests, also known as a CAN-12, can be obtained from either the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office during business hours, or they can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website, www.in.gov/sos/elections/, under the “candidate information” line, then “candidate forms.”
The clerk’s office is currently open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
“If a declaration of candidacy is submitted without the Statement of Economic Interests form, the declaration will be rejected,” Anderson said, adding that the CAN-12 documents do require notarization.
A list of local offices, including current office holders, to be included on the 2014 primary election ballot are as follows:
• Clerk of the Elkhart Circuit Court (Wendy Hudson)