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First day for filing creates queue at clerk's office

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

When the Clinton County Clerk’s office opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Mark Mitchell, his wife Wanda Mitchell and a bevy of supporters were waiting so Mitchell could file as the first official candidate for Clinton County Sheriff in the May 2018 Republican Primary. 

Mitchell formerly served as sheriff from 2003 to 2010 for the two consecutive terms allowed by Indiana statute. He currently is the Mulberry town marshal and also sits on the Clinton County Council.

After Mitchell had completed his paperwork, current Republican Anthony Sommer picked up the pen and filled out his forms to run for his fourth term as Clinton County prosecutor. 

“I’ve enjoyed serving as prosecutor and I’m still in a position to do a good job and continue to fulfill those duties of the office for the citizens of the county,” he said.

Also requesting a candidate’s filing form was Bechel “Frankie” Crew of Scircleville, who will run in the Republican Primary for Clinton County Council District 4, the seat currently held by Council President Alan Dunn.

Republican Clinton County Commissioner Scott Shoemaker also stopped by the courthouse to file to retain his seat representing District 3, completing forms alongside Lewis Wheeler, who hopes to become the county’s next auditor.

Wheeler hopes to follow Cathy Hamilton, who has to step down after serving her two consecutive terms. Wheeler currently sits on the Frankfort City Council. 

Also committing Wednesday to be candidates in the Republican Primary are Connie Blacker, Perry Township Trustee; Clinton County Sheriff’s Detective Jerrad Blacker and Indiana Trooper Rich Kelly, who are competing against each other and Mitchell to become the county’s next sheriff; and Zack Light, who will seek re-election to the Center Township Board.