Endorsements announced as local races gain momentum

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CANDIDATES WHO RECENTLY received endorsements from the Gary Precinct Organization are pictured above from l-r: Dorothy “Dot” Spires, Ragen Hatcher, Indiana State Rep. Earl Harris Jr., Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Lake County Auditor John Petalas, and Jackie M. White.
THESE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES are also happy about their recent endorsements. Photographed from l-r: Nate Hall, Lake County Commissioner Klye Allen, Gary City Councilman Jamal Washington, Dorothy Spires, Clerk of the Lake Circuit Court Michael A. Brown and Gary City Councilman Ronier L. Scott.

The Gary Precinct Organization recently held their endorsement meeting. The purpose of the meeting, that was held Saturday, March 31 to endorse candidates for the May 8 primary election. Among those seeking office the organization voted to support several incumbents and a few new candidates. Incumbents Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Lake Auditor John Petalas and Lake County Treasurer Peggy Katona were endorsed. Incumbent Calumet Township Assessor Jacquelyn Collins and Calumet Township Trustee Kimberly Robinson also received the organization’s support.

CANDIDATES FOR Lake County Sheriff are photographed at a debate organized by the League of Women Voters in Gary Indiana. Pictured from l-r: Richard Ligon, Maria Traikovich, Dan Bursac, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Clerk of the Lake Circuit/Superior Court Michael A. Brown, Wally DeRose, Maria “Betty” Dominquez, David Dowling and Nat Hall.

In the contest for the Calumet Township Board are incumbent Darren Washington, former board member Ron Matlock and political newcomer Jackie Holmes who all received endorsements. Lake County Commissioner Kyle Allen also was endorsed, along with Lake County Council candidates incumbent Elsie Franklin, 2nd District and Ronier Scott, 3rd District. Former Lake County Court Judge Lorenzo Arredondo is the choice in the Lake County Clerk’s race. State Rep. Earl Harris, Jr. was endorsed for State Rep. District 2 and Ragen Hatcher was endorsed for State Rep. for District 3. Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter and Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince, who are both running unopposed, were unanimously endorsed for re-election.

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