Southsider Voice correspondent
Voters will go to the polls from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday to cast ballots in primary races. The election will finalize national and state congressional races and various county and township races; a low voter turnout is expected.
Voters must be registered and show photo identification at their polling sights. Call 327-8683 for more information. Ballots can be cast early at the clerk’s office in the City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-noon Monday.
There are very few heated races.
The race for Perry Township trustee between incumbent Dan Moriarty and challenger Susie Day of Beech Grove, a former Indianapolis and Beech Grove city councilor, appears to be the hottest race on the Southside.
Moriarty has challenged Day’s election brochure, which lists a report of disbursement of funds by the trustee’s office. He charged that her figures were incomplete and did not include a TA-7 report (March 23 letter to the editor in The Southsider Voice). The report shows a disbursement of $25,725 in additional township benefits, as well as more than $2 million distributed from outside funds.
Moriarty claims that he has consistently found outside resources to assist those in need. He also contends that he instituted cost-saving measures in the trustee’s office.
Although Moriarty is the incumbent, Day is the Marion County Republican Party’s slated candidate. She would take on the trustee’s position as a full-time job; Moriarty also is a real estate broker.
Day contends that she has shown fiscal responsibility and conservatism in her elected service, w hich includes the Perry Township Advisory Board.
The trustee no longer oversees the Perry Township Fire Department after its merger with IFD under the tenure of trustee Gary Coons.
Five GOP candidates are vying for the 7th District congressional office held by Democrat Andre Carson, who is being challenged by three candidates in the primary.
In 9th District races, Republican incumbent Todd Young is challenged by two opponents, while the Democrat primary has four opponents hoping to advance to the general election.
Contested Southside GOP races in the Statehouse are in District 93 (southern Perry Township and northwestern Johnson County) between incumbent David Frizzell and challenger Ryan Guillory and District 91 (southwestern Marion County) between incumbent Robert W. Behning and challenger Michael S. Scott.
Marion County Republican races also feature Teresa C. Bischoff against Jocelyn Tandy-Adande for clerk and incumbent Phil Suiters against Jeff Duhamell for Franklin Township constable.
GOP primary races in Johnson County: state Sen. District 41: incumbent Greg Walker vs. Andy Talarzyk; Superior Court No. 4 judge: Marla Clark vs. Joe Villanueva; county auditor: Pamela Burton vs. Jason Miller; county council District No. 3: Beth Boyce vs. Brian Moore; county recorder: Jill Jackson vs. Jan Richhart.
Johnson County has reduced the number of its polling centers to 21. There are eight sites in Greenwood: Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 381 N. Bluff Road; White River Library, 1664 Library Blvd.; Greenwood Community Center, 100 Surina Way; Jonathan Byrd’s Cafeteria, 100 Byrd Way; Rocklane Christian Church, 4430 Rocklane Road; Mount Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road; Greenwood Christian Church, 2045 Averitt Road; and Community Church of Greenwood, 1477 W. Main St.