The Green Papers: Indiana 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:6,501,582 (2.10% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:11(2.04% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:9(2.07% of 435)
Capital:Indianapolis
 

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Indiana State and Local Government

Indiana 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


NOTE: In any Primary election in INDIANA, voters state which Party they are affiliated with by asking the poll workers for the ballot of that Party in a given Primary. A voter's party affiliation is determined solely by his or her Primary voting record; the state's voter registration form does NOT provide a place for the voter to state Party affiliation.

Even though the history of a voter's Party affiliation- solely as determined by the individual voter's Primary voting record- is part of the public record, the informaton is NOT available at the polling place. Any voter, however, may challenge another voter's Party affiliation at the polls:

In such a case, the voter making the challenge (the "challenger") fills out an affidavit that the voter being challenged (the "challengee") has not, in fact, voted in the Party's Primaries in the past, an assertion against which the challengee must fill out a counter-affidavit, asserting that they intend to vote for a majority of the candidates of the challengee's Party of choice in the next General Election. If the challengee fills out this counter-affidavit, the challengee is allowed to vote in the Primary; however, if the challengee refuses, he or she is not allowed to vote in the Primary.

Nevertheless, since General Election ballots are cast in secret, the intention expressed in the counter-affidavit by the challengee is impossible to enforce.


The Libertarian Party nominates by convention rather than by primary.

Democratic and Republican Party nominations for Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer will be decided by convention.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
FEC S2IN00091

Class 3 Republican Senator Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 24 March 2015: Announced that he will not run for re-election.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     John Martin Dickerson
FEC S6IN00209; 30 Sep 15; Tot $33,833; Dsb $12,841
  Candidate Democratic     former Congressman Baron P. Hill
Unsuccessful candidate for election to the US Senate in 1990. First elected to the US House 1998, re-elected 2000, 2002, unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 2004; elected to the US House: 2006, 2008, unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 2010.

FEC S0IN00061; 30 Sep 15; Tot $420,052; Dsb $126,710
    Republican     Senator Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats - apparently not a candidate
24 March 2015: Announced that he will not run for re-election.

FEC S0IN00053; 30 Sep 15; Tot $65,102; Dsb $336,469
  Candidate Republican     Kevin Jay Grant
FEC S6IN00183
  Candidate Republican     Eric Joseph Holcomb
FEC S6IN00175; 30 Sep 15; Tot $447,621; Dsb $152,555
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Jim Merritt
Running for re-election to the state Senate?
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Marlin A. Stutzman
Congressman CD 3.
9 May 2015: Declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat.

FEC S0IN00095; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,364,558; Dsb $755,372
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Todd Christopher Young
CD 9.
12 July 2015: Announced his candidacy for the Class 3 U.S. Senate seat.

FEC S6IN00191; 30 Sep 15; Tot $2,156,764; Dsb $663,606

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period, All Governors

  Republican Governor Mike Pence
First elected: 2012
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative John R. Gregg
    Democratic     state Senator Karen Tallian - apparently not a candidate
17 August 2015: Dropped out.
  Candidate Republican     Governor Mike Pence
19 May 2015: Announced that on 18 June he will announce that he will run for re-election in 2016.
  Candidate Republican     Robert "Bob" Thomas

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann
First Elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (2 Undetermined);
7 Republican (5 Undetermined, 2 Open)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman Peter J. Visclosky
First elected: 1984
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Peter J. Visclosky
FEC H4IN01012; 30 Sep 15; Tot $336,208; Dsb $278,736

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman Jackie Swihart Walorski
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Jackie Swihart Walorski
FEC H0IN02190; 30 Sep 15; Tot $686,431; Dsb $215,668

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Marlin A. Stutzman
First elected to a partial term in a special election (to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Congressman Mark Edward Souder [Republican]): 2 November 2010. First elected to a full term: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 9 May 2015: Declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Class 3 seat.
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Todd Alan Nightenhelser
FEC H6IN03245; 30 Sep 15; Tot $230; Dsb $26
  Candidate Republican     state Senator James E. "Jim" Banks
FEC H6IN03229; 30 Sep 15; Tot $301,705; Dsb $42,629
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Liz Brown
FEC H6IN03237; 30 Sep 15; Tot $188,940; Dsb $42,213
  Candidate Republican     Pamela Gail "Pam" Galloway
FEC H6IN03211; 30 Sep 15; Tot $170,944; Dsb $120,445
  Candidate Republican     Kip E. Tom
FEC H6IN03252; 30 Sep 15; Tot $153,775; Dsb $9,532

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Theodore Edward "Todd" Rokita
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
    Republican     Kevin Jay Grant - apparently not a candidate
21 April 2015: Now running for the U.S. Senate.

FEC H4IN04180
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Theodore Edward "Todd" Rokita
FEC H0IN04170; 30 Sep 15; Tot $474,263; Dsb $285,329

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman Susan W. Brooks
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Angela Jo Demaree
FEC H6IN05216; 30 Sep 15; Tot $12,124; Dsb $2,382
  Candidate Democratic     Shawn Allen Denney
FEC H4IN05120
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Susan W. Brooks
FEC H2IN05082; 30 Sep 15; Tot $722,877; Dsb $384,110

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman Allen Lucas "Luke" Messer
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Allen Lucas "Luke" Messer
FEC H0IN02125; 30 Sep 15; Tot $654,487; Dsb $593,835

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 7 Democratic Congressman André D. Carson
First elected: 11 March 2008 in a Special Election called to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman Julia M. Carson (his grandmother) on 15 December 2007.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman André D. Carson
FEC H8IN07184; 30 Sep 15; Tot $385,262; Dsb $231,885
  Candidate Republican     Wayne Edward "Gunny" Harmon
FEC H8IN07150; 30 Sep 15; Tot $243; Dsb $212

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 8 Republican Congressman Larry D. Bucshon
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Larry D. Bucshon
FEC H0IN08114; 30 Sep 15; Tot $356,184; Dsb $212,680
  Candidate Republican     Richard Marc Moss
FEC H6IN08228

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 9 Republican Congressman Todd Christopher Young
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 12 July 2015: Announced his candidacy for the Class 3 U.S. Senate seat.
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     James R. McClure, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     William Joseph "Bill" Thomas
FEC H4IN09098
  Candidate Democratic     Shelli Yoder
FEC H2IN09167; 30 Sep 15; Tot $150,168; Dsb $4,772
  Candidate Republican     Robert Hall
  Candidate Republican     Trey Hollingsworth
FEC H6IN09176
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Erin Houchin
FEC H6IN09143; 30 Sep 15; Tot $129,835; Dsb $20,709
  Candidate Republican     James R. "Jim" Pfaff
FEC H6IN09168; 30 Sep 15; Tot $8,720; Dsb $1,683
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Darryl Brent "Brent" Waltz, Jr.
FEC H6IN09150; 30 Sep 15; Tot $63,561; Dsb $12,291
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General Gregory Francis "Greg" Zoeller
FEC H6IN09135; 30 Sep 15; Tot $130,779; Dsb $34,868

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson
Appointed: March 2012, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  
Candidates for this office are nominated by party convention or petition. That is, there is no primary election for this office.

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Republican Attorney General Greg Zoeller
First elected: 2008, re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 14 July 2015: Filed with the FEC to run for Congress in CD 9.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Lorenzo Arredondo
  Candidate Republican     Steve Carter
 Major Party candidates for the offices of Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction are not nominated via Primary but, instead, will be (per Indiana Code 3-8-4-2) nominated at each Party's respective State Conventions.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Treasurer Kelly Mitchell
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidates for this office are nominated by party convention or petition. That is, there is no primary election for this office.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Auditor Suzanne Crouch
Appointed: December 2013 (re: resignation of Auditor Dwayne Sawyer). First elected: 2014.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidates for this office are nominated by party convention or petition. That is, there is no primary election for this office.

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Public Instruction Superintendent Glenda Ritz
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Public Instruction Superintendent Glenda Ritz
 
Major Party candidates for the offices of Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction are not nominated via Primary but, instead, will be (per Indiana Code 3-8-4-2) nominated at each Party's respective State Conventions.
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 4 incumbents, 14 candidates
  Republican: 14 incumbents, 25 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Boston Tea
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  http://www.state.in.us/legislative/ic/code/const/
Election Authority
  Indiana Election Commission
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Indiana General Assembly
  Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus
  Indiana Senate Republican Caucus
Democratic
  Indiana Democratic Party
  Indiana House Democrats
Republican
  Indiana House Republicans
  The Indiana Republican Party
Third Party
  Boston Tea Party of Indiana
  Indiana Green Party
  Indiana Right To Life
  Indiana Right To Life
  Justice Party of Indiana
  Libertarian Party of Indiana
  The Indiana Constitution Party
  The Unity Party of Indiana
Media & others
  DMOZ - Indiana
  Goshen News
  Greensburg Daily News
  Howey Political Report
  Indianapolis Business Journal
  Journal and Courier - Lafayette
  Kendallville Publishing Company - Northeast Indiana
  Kokomo Tribune
  Lebanon Reporter
  NewsLink.org - Indiana
  Pharos-Tribune - Logansport
  Politics1.com - Indiana
  Post-Tribune - Merrillville
  Reporter-Times - Martinsville
  The Courier Times - New Castle
  The Courier-Times - New Castle
  The Evening News - Jefferson / The Tribune - New Albany
  The Herald Bulletin - Anderson
  The Herald-Press - Huntington County
  The Indianapolis Star
  The News-Dispatch - Michigan City
  The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne
  The Palladium-Item - Richmond
  The Peru Tribune
  The Shelbyville News
  The Star Press - Muncie
  The Times - Frankfort
  The Times - Munster
  The Times - Northwest Indiana / Southeast Chicago
  The Wabash PlainDealer
  Times-Mail - Bedford
  Tri-State Media
  Tribune Star - Terre Haute
  WISH TV - CBS - Indianapolis
  WRTV - ABC - Indianapolis
  WTHR - NBC - Indianapolis
  Zionsville Times Sentinel

 


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