Lake County candidates learn ballot position fate in lottery
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspondent February 18, 2014 6:48PM
Updated: March 20, 2014 6:38AM
CROWN POINT — Incumbents did not fare so well in the Lake County Board of Elections lottery conducted to determine candidates’ ballot position for the May primary.
Tuesday, the Board of Elections and Voters Registration conducted the lottery for all major offices with more than one candidate per party.
Lake Commissioner Roosevelt Allen Jr., D-Gary, was the only elected incumbent commissioner or council member to earn the first spot on the ballot. He is being challenged by Lita Filippo. Lake Councilman David Hamm, D-Hammond, also will be first on the ballot in his race against Antonio Daggett Sr. Hamm, who was a party appointment, will be running for the first time this year.
Incumbent Councilwomen Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, and Elsie Franklin, D-Gary, landed the second slot on the ballot in their respective races. Challenger Alberto Ochoa Sr. will be in the top ballot spot in the District 5 race against Cid with Juda Parks in the third slot. Arcella Moxley will appear first on the ballot in the race against Franklin for District 2, with Andrew Ledbetter appearing third and Carol Ann Seaton taking the fourth slot.
Incumbent Clerk Michael Brown won the first slot on the ballot in his race against challenger Josefina Magallanes.
Michelle Fajman, elections board director, said several challenges against candidates have yet to be determined. If a candidate is found to be ineligible for a race, that candidate’s name would be removed from the ballot and the other candidates in that race would move up a notch. Challenges will be heard at 10 a.m. Feb. 25.
In the race for the District 11 state representative seat being vacated by Rick Niemeyer, who is seeking the Indiana Senate District 6 seat, James Metro will appear on the ballot first over Phillip Kuiper.
On the Republican side, Niemeyer will appear second on the ballot in his Senate race, with political newcomer Chris Shepherd winning the coveted No. 1 spot. In the District 11 state representative race, Michael Aylesworth is on the ballot first over Michael Mears. Chris Retson will appear first on the ballot for District 19 with Julie Olthoff second.
John Ramos Jr. will be listed first for the position of Lake County sheriff, with Dan Bursac filling the second slot. Catherine Campbell will appear first on the Republican ballot for County Council District 2 with Eugene Rhymer rounding out the ballot.