The Green Papers: Indiana 2017 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


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.


Indiana law forbids anyone from appearing on the general election ballot more the once.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th 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 (12)
  Candidate Democratic     Martin Del Rio
FEC S8IN00205
  Candidate Democratic     Senator  Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
FEC S2IN00091; 30 Sep 17; Tot $4,138,219; Dsb $899,008
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Mike Braun
FEC S8IN00171; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,057,265; Dsb $26,370
  Candidate Republican     Terry O. Henderson
?

FEC S8IN00130; 30 Sep 17; Tot $322,930; Dsb $222,814
  Candidate Republican     Andrew "Andy" Horning
  Candidate Republican     Mark Hurt
FEC S8IN00122; 30 Sep 17; Tot $100,484; Dsb $97,418
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Allen Lucas "Luke" Messer
26 July 2017: Running for the Class 1 Senate Seat in 2018.

FEC S8IN00163; 30 Sep 17; Tot $2,019,364; Dsb $658,114
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Theodore Edward "Todd" Rokita
9 August 2017: Candidate for the Senate Class 1 seat in 2018.

FEC S8IN00189; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,796,237; Dsb $743,070
  Candidate Republican     Kiel Richard Stone
FEC S8IN00155
  Candidate Republican     Andrew Benjamin Takami
FEC S8IN00148; 30 Sep 17; Tot $143,116; Dsb $68,546
  Candidate Independent     John Patrick Piper
FEC S8IN00197; 30 Sep 17; Tot $0; Dsb $0
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Andrew Ulysses Dwight Straw
FEC S8IN00114

Class 3 Republican Senator  Todd Christopher Young
Served in the U.S. House: 2011-2017. First elected to the U.S. Senate: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Todd Christopher Young
FEC S6IN00191

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Eric Joseph Holcomb
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (2 Undetermined);
7 Republican (5 Undetermined, 2 Open)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman  Peter J. Visclosky
First elected: 1984
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Arturas Kerelis
10 July 2017: Filed with the FEC for 2020.

FEC H0IN01127
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Peter J. Visclosky
FEC H4IN01012; 30 Sep 17; Tot $378,569; Dsb $216,290

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman  Jackie Swihart Walorski
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Aaron Michael Bush
FEC H8IN02144
  Candidate Democratic     Douglas M. Carpenter
FEC H4IN02150
  Candidate Democratic     Mary Patricia "Pat" Hackett
FEC H8IN02177
  Candidate Democratic     Mel Hall
FEC H8IN02169
  Candidate Democratic     Yatish J. Joshi
FEC H8IN02185
  Candidate Republican     Mark John Summe
FEC H8IN02151
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Jackie Swihart Walorski
FEC H0IN02190; 30 Sep 17; Tot $992,684; Dsb $351,911

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman  James E. "Jim" Banks
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Courtney Tritch
FEC H8IN03076; 30 Sep 17; Tot $88,759; Dsb $18,674
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  James E. "Jim" Banks
FEC H6IN03229; 30 Sep 17; Tot $321,814; Dsb $197,200
  Candidate Not readily classifiable     Tyler Bender
The Working Party

FEC H8IN03084

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman  Theodore Edward "Todd" Rokita
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 9 August 2017: Candidate for the Senate Class 1 seat in 2018.
 Candidate list (9, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Tobi Beck
FEC H8IN04124; 30 Sep 17; Tot $12,958; Dsb $9,049
  Candidate Democratic     Joseph William "Joe" Mackey
FEC H8IN04140
  Candidate Democratic     George L. Reed, II
  Candidate Democratic     Sheryl "Sherry" Shipley
FEC H8IN04173; 30 Sep 17; Tot $8,228; Dsb $4,502
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  James R. "Jim" Baird
FEC H8IN04199
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Steven J. "Steve" Braun
FEC H8IN04165; 30 Sep 17; Tot $165,125; Dsb $18,477
  Candidate Republican     Kevin J. Grant
FEC H4IN04180
  Candidate Republican     Cesar Diego "Diego" Morales
FEC H8IN04157; 30 Sep 17; Tot $208,159; Dsb $5,850
  Candidate Republican     Jared Guy Thomas
FEC H8IN04181
  Candidate Write-in     Thomas Ballock
FEC H8IN04207

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman  Susan W. Brooks
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Sean Dugdale
FEC H8IN05147; 30 Sep 17; Tot $216; Dsb $216
    Democratic     Michael "Mike" Hartley - apparently not a candidate
12 November 2017: "I am officially suspending my candidacy ... Unfortunately some family financial and health troubles have arose ...."

FEC H8IN05139; 30 Sep 17; Tot $3,052; Dsb $2,519
    Democratic     Susan Kindig - apparently not a candidate
circa 12 November 2017: "... due to unforeseen circumstances, I must withdraw my candidacy for Congress."

FEC H8IN05162
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Susan W. Brooks
FEC H2IN05082; 30 Sep 17; Tot $459,330; Dsb $309,530
  Candidate Independent     Jeremy Lee Edom
FEC H8IN05154

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman  Allen Lucas "Luke" Messer
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 26 July 2017: Running for the Class 1 Senate Seat in 2018.
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Arturas Kerelis
FEC H8IN06111
  Candidate Democratic     James E. "Jim" Pruett
FEC H8IN06087; 30 Sep 17; Tot $550; Dsb $160
  Candidate Democratic     Lane Siekman
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Michael R. "Mike" Crider
FEC H8IN06095; 30 Sep 17; Tot $67,175; Dsb $7,831
    Republican     Henry County Councilmember  Nathan S. "Nate" LaMar - apparently not a candidate
6 October 2017: No longer running for Congress. Considering a run for state Legislator.
  Candidate Republican     Jonathan M. Lamb
FEC H8IN06079; 30 Sep 17; Tot $67,426; Dsb $14,714
  Candidate Republican     Stephen M. MacKenzie
FEC H8IN06103; 30 Sep 17; Tot $2,005; Dsb $2,000
  Candidate Republican     Gregory J. "Greg" Pence
FEC H8IN06129

Incumbent - 115th 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 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  André D. Carson
FEC H8IN07184; 30 Sep 17; Tot $353,979; Dsb $240,518
  Candidate Democratic     Sue Spicer
  Candidate Republican     Wayne E. "Gunny" Harmon
FEC H8IN07150; 30 Jun 17; Tot $606; Dsb $346
  Candidate Republican     Tony G. Van Pelt
FEC H8IN07291; 30 Sep 17; Tot $6,329; Dsb $6,327

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 8 Republican Congressman  Larry D. Bucshon
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Glen Scott Miller
FEC H8IN08133
  Candidate Democratic     William Tanoos
FEC H8IN08141; 30 Sep 17; Tot $80,036; Dsb $22,550
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Larry D. Bucshon
FEC H0IN08114; 30 Sep 17; Tot $325,628; Dsb $226,474

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 9 Republican Congressman  Joseph A. "Trey" Hollingsworth, III
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Daniel J. "Dan" Canon
FEC H8IN09081; 30 Sep 17; Tot $210,109; Dsb $80,624
  Candidate Democratic     Robert "Rob" Chatlos
FEC H8IN09115
    Democratic     Tod Curtis - apparently not a candidate
16 September 2017: Dropped out.

FEC H8IN09099; 30 Sep 17; Tot $54,630; Dsb $49,125
  Candidate Democratic     Brandon Wesley Hood
FEC H8IN09123
  Candidate Democratic     Jason Leineweber
FEC H8IN09073
  Candidate Democratic     Tom Pappas
  Candidate Democratic     Liz Watson
FEC H8IN09107; 30 Sep 17; Tot $200,230; Dsb $31,179
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Joseph A. "Trey" Hollingsworth, III
FEC H6IN09176; 30 Sep 17; Tot $574,762; Dsb $325,639

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: 2016, 2020

  Republican Attorney General  Curtis T. Hill, Jr.
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 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 Tera Klutz
9 January 2017: Appointed (re: resignation of Auditor Suzanne Crouch (Republican) who was elected in 2016 as Lieutenant Governor)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
8 November 2016: Suzanne Crouch (Republican), who was appointed Auditor in December 2013 (re: resignation of Auditor Dwayne Sawyer) and first elected Auditor in 2014, is elected Lieutenant Governor.
2 January 2017: Governor-elect Eric Holcomb (Republican) chooses Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz as the new Auditor. She will take office 9 January 2017.
 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: 2016, 2020

  Republican Public Instruction Superintendent Jennifer McCormick
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 
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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 28 candidates
  Republican: 15 incumbents, 26 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Boston Tea
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable: 1 candidate
  Write-in: 1 candidate
 
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
  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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