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Shelby County Republican commissioners, county councilman file for re-election campaigns

Filing is underway for Indiana's 2020 primary.


In Shelby County, county commissioners Kevin Nigh and Don Parker along with county councilmen Tony Titus, Ryan Claxton and Terry Smith appeared together at the county clerk’s office to file for the upcoming election.


Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Rob Nolley.



Nolley says the experience and accomplishments of the group make them strong candidates in the upcoming election.  And, Republicans have held a strong controlling force on county elections locally.



The primary isn't until May 5, but candidates have to file by February 7 to get on the ballot.


Candidates for governor and president have an additional requirement: they have to turn in 45-hundred signatures from registered voters -- 500 from each congressional district.


Republicans say they finished gathering signatures for President Trump and Governor Holcomb back in October.


14 Democrats and two Republican challengers to President Trump are pursuing their party's nominations. The filing deadline falls four days after the Iowa caucuses and four days before the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, so some candidates might appear on the May ballot who have dropped out by then.


Former state health commissioner Woody Myers and Carmel businessman Josh Owens, who grew up in Shelbyville, are seeking the Democrats' nomination to run against Holcomb.


All nine U-S House seats are on the ballot, including two where the incumbents have announced they're not running again: Democrat Pete Visclosky's district in northwest Indiana and Republican Susan Brooks' seat north of Indianapolis. You'll also be picking nominees for all 100 state House seats and 25 of the 50 state Senate seats.


State party conventions will pick the candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.