PRINCETON — The March 18, 2014, primary ballot is taking shape for Bureau County voters.
Nine persons have filed petitions for three county positions, those of sheriff, clerk and treasurer. Contested races will be held on the Republican side for both the sheriff and treasurer offices. Only 11 of the 13 open Bureau County Board seats have candidates filed. At this point, two referendum questions will be on the primary ballot.
On Tuesday, Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said she will have a lottery drawing at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, in her office to see whether Allan Beaber of Princeton or William Rosenow of Sheffield will receive the top spot on the Republican Party primary ballot for the office of Bureau County Sheriff. Both Rosenow and Beaber filed their petitions at 8 a.m. Nov. 25, the first day of the filing period.
Following on the Republican ballot for the sheriff office will be Alexander Arauza of Princeton, who filed at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 2, and James Shipp of rural Princeton, who filed at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 2.
The winner of the Republican primary will face off against Democratic Party candidate James Reed of Arlington at the November general election.
Looking at the 13 open Bureau County Board seats on the primary ballot, Hieronymus said District 20 has no candidate since incumbent Tom Giordano, a Democrat from Ladd is not seeking re-election.
The other open seat is District 6 in Princeton, which is currently held by Derek Whited. Whited is running on the Republican Party as a candidate for the county treasurer position. He could not file for both offices, Hieronymus said.
Though the filing period closed on Monday for the primary, there are still a couple opportunities for persons who may still be interested in getting into the race, Hieronymus said. People have until Jan. 16 to file as a write-in candidate for the primary. Also, political parties have until the end of May to nominate someone for a vacant position and have the person’s named placed on the November general election ballot.
Hieronymus said the primary election will also determine the precinct committeemen for both the Republican and Democratic political parties. Those positions do not go forward to the November ballot but are decided at the primary ballot. If there remains a vacancy in one of the 50 precinct committeeman positions for each political party, then the political party can appoint someone to the position, Hieronymus said.
There are also referendum questions on the primary ballot for voters in Spring Valley and Arlington. The city of Spring Valley will ask their voters to approve a retail occupation tax increase of 0.5 percent. The village of Arlington is seeking authorization to change its general corporate fund tax from 0.25 to 0.4375.
Hieronymus said she could still receive a couple more referendum questions, as government boards have until Dec. 30 to adopt a question to be placed on the primary ballot.
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