There will be competition for three of the seven seats on the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners in Republican Primary Election activity on August 3rd.
Here’s the lineup of the contests following passage of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions:
In District # 3, Three Rivers Mayor Allen Balog will compete with Jim Bippus of rural Three Rivers for the GOP nomination for the seat now held by Commission Chairman Mike Dunlap, also of rural Three Rivers. Dunlap is not seeking another term.
In District # 5, incumbent Commissioner Jerry Ware of rural Sturgis faces a challenge from the former holder of that office, Monte Bordner, also a rural Sturgis resident.
And, in District # 7, incumbent Commissioner John Dobberteen of Sturgis will compete with Caralee Mayer of Sturgis, First Precinct Commissioner on the Sturgis City Commission.
Other candidates for seats on the County Board of Commissioners – all Republicans – will run without opposition. They include Commissioner Rick Shaffer of rural Three Rivers in District # 1, Commissioner Gerald Loudenslager of rural Mendon in District # 2, Commissioner Robin Baker of rural Constantine in District # 4, and Donald Eaton of rural Burr Oak in District # 6, a seat currently held by David Pueschel of rural Sturgis. Pueschel is not seeking re-election.
Each of the positions will be filled for two years in the November 2nd General Election.