2019-02-06 / Front Page

Window for Primary Election filing closes Friday

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Nelson Nelson Delphi residents who plan to declare candidacy for the 2019 Primary Election have until Feb. 8 at noon to file the necessary paperwork in the County Clerk’s office. Riley Road resident Republican Cody Nelson filed to run in the May 7 Primary for the City Council District 1 seat. He will oppose former mayoral candidate Lou Hayden.

Nelson stated in a prepared statement to the Comet, he “was raised in this community” and is a Delphi Community High School graduate. Nelson earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Ivy Tech and while working full-time as a registered nurse with Franciscan Health in Lafayette, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Indiana University Kokomo.

Nelson said he is still in the medical oncology/nephrology unit with Franciscan and is in the process of obtaining a Master’s Degree from Purdue University with the goal of becoming a Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

“Nursing is truly more than just a career,” Nelson said. “The critical thinking in nursing is invaluable. Being a professional nurse influences my thinking on all types of health, from the safety of people, health accessibility and economic health to utilities and how they affect the community’s health. In nursing, I consider the patient’s overall wellbeing and help them achieve their best. I want to be a part of not only maintaining but improving our community, helping us be the best we can be.”

In addition, Franklin Street resident Gayle Conner filed to fill the District 3 City Council seat on the May Primary Election ballot. Conner is currently unopposed. The candidate, who did not want a photo to appear in the paper, stated in a submitted statement that she is a lifelong resident of Delphi. Conner said she filed to run on the Primary ballot for the District 3 City Council seat as an opportunity to serve the citizens of Delphi.

Conner is a graduate of Delphi Community High School and Huntington University and a former business owner. She is currently a first-grade teacher at Delphi Community Elementary School and has a son, Jamison, who is a junior. Her motivation to run, she says, comes from attending numerous City Council meetings and several of the special meetings which were held to discuss the water issue the city is facing.

“My top priorities, should I be elected, will be to ensure consistent ordinance enforcement and fiscal responsibility on behalf of the ratepayers,” Conner wrote. “The next council will inherit the recent rate hikes to better the operations and systems of the City’s water utility and it will be my intention to see that the City is a good steward of its funds.”

Burlington Town Council

Kevin Hammond filed to be placed on the General Election ballot for a town council seat in Burlington. Unlike the City of Delphi, towns in the county will host conventions before the November election if there are contested races for their open seats.

Election Board fines two for late paperwork

One of the duties of the Carroll County Election Board (CCEB) is to consider violations of state election law and decide whether to take steps to bring current and former candidates into compliance with the rules. Any candidate who has not closed their committee for election must file campaign finance reports as indicated in the elections statute. The local CCEB developed a policy to guide them in determining how to handle violations and they also developed a late-fee schedule.

The CCEB met Jan. 29 and discussed late campaign finance reports from Mark Pinkard and Darrell Yoder, both candidates in last year’s Flora Town Council race. Pinkard filed a late report last fall and was fined $50.

CCEB members Democrat Sandy Cripe, County Clerk Andrea Miller and new member Republican Drew Sandora, who filled a vacancy on the Board created when Sam Deiwert resigned, decided Pinkard will be fined $200 for four days ($50 per day per policy) and Yoder will be fined $50 for one day.

Board members also decided to audit all previously filed reports for specific criteria at the February meeting.

The next election board meeting will be Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.

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