Candidate breakdown

The roster of local Republicans who have informed party officials they’re running for office has been growing for months, party chair Janice Silvey said. Here’s a look at the latest list:

Hancock County sheriff

The sheriff, who serves a four-year term, oversees the county’s largest law enforcement agency, with a $2.5 million budget and a staff of more than 40 deputies, 30 jail officers, 20 reserve deputies and 10 civilian employees.


Republican Wayne Addison of Greenfield has worked for the Hancock County Probation Department for 35 years, retiring as the department’s leader in September.

Republican Brad Burkhart of Greenfield is seeking political office for the first time after 25 years with the sheriff’s department. He is current-Sheriff Mike Shepherd’s chief deputy.

Republican Donnie Munden of Greenfield has been with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for nearly 30 years, serving as acting sheriff for four months in 2010. He now serves as a first-shift lieutenant.

Republican Donnie “Smitty” Smith of Greenfield began his law enforcement career in August 1987 with the Cumberland Police Department and joined the sheriff’s department in 1992. He is currently a member of the sheriff’s road patrol division.

Hancock Circuit Court judge

Judges act as the chief decision-maker in the court over which they preside, settling criminal, civil and family cases. The Hancock Circuit Court Judge is elected to a six-year term.


Republican Scott Sirk of New Palestine is currently the Hancock County Court Commissioner, assisting with the docket in each of the three county courts and filling in as needed for local judges. Previously, he worked in the local prosecutor’s between 2003 and 2006.

Republican D.J. Davis of Greenfield has been practicing law locally since 1997, opening his own law firm in 2009. He served on the Greenfield City Council between 2004 and 2011.

Republican J. Scott Wooldridge of New Palestine was admitted into the Indiana bar in 2008 and has practiced law at Greenfield’s Wolf Law Firm since January 2010.

Republican Cody Coombs of Greenfield has worked Greenfield’s Pritzke and Davis law firm since 2009 after graduating from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.

Hancock County prosecutor

The prosecutor is elected to a four-year term and is tasked with charging and litigating all local criminal cases.


Incumbent Republican Brent Eaton of Greenfield was elected prosecutor in 2014. He is a lifelong Hancock County resident who served as a deputy prosecutor in both Marion and Hancock counties before going into private practice.

Republican Grey Chandler of McCordsville is a career prosecutor, having worked in the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office for eight years, leaving in 2014 and taking a position in the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office, where he currently works.

Hancock County commissioner — District 2

The county commissioner serves a four-year term and oversees everyday county business, including enacting county ordinances. The District 2 commissioner represents residents living in Buck Creek, Center and Jackson townships.


Incumbent Marc Huber of Greenfield was first elected to the Hancock County Board of Commissioners in 2014. Prior to that, he served on the Hancock County Council for two years.

Republican Kent Fisk of Greenfield has served as an at-large member of the Hancock County Council for the past five years. Before that, he served three terms on the Greenfield-Central School Board.

Hancock County assessor

The county assessor serves a four-year term and oversees property reassessment in the county and serves as the secretary of the property tax assessment board, which hears property tax assessments appeals.


Republican Cindy Roberts of Wilkinson has 28 years of appraisal experience and has earned the highest level assessor-appraiser certification through the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

Republican Katie Molinder of New Palestine currently serves as the chief deputy for the Tippecanoe County assessor. She formerly worked in Hancock County as Prosecutor Brent Eaton’s victim assistance coordinator.

Hancock County auditor

The county auditor serves a four-year term overseeing fiscal reporting for county government. The auditor’s office keeps minutes of various boards’ meetings, prepares financial statements and oversees the county budget process.


Republican incumbent Debra Carnes of New Palestine has served as the county recorder since 2011. As recorder, she’s responsible for preparing and managing the office’s annual budget.

Republican Heather Bussell of New Palestine has more than 20 years of company management, insurance coordination, marketing, employee relations and business auditing experience.

Hancock County clerk

The clerk of the circuit court (more commonly called the county clerk) serves a four-year term. The clerk is responsible for filing court orders and documents, serving as a member of the county election board and managing county elections and other duties.


Republican Miriam Shoaff-Rolles of Greenfield has more than 30 years of experience working in county courthouses. She’s an abstractor and has experience working with various court databases.

Hancock County Council

Four seats — districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 — on the Hancock County Council are up for election in 2018. The county council holds the county’s purse strings, overseeing how county tax dollars are spent.


Republican Randy Sorrell of McCordsville has served as the District 2 council representative since May, when a Republican caucus elected him to fulfill Tom Roney’s remaining 1.5 years on the council. He previously spent about two years in at at-large position on the council.

Republican Mary Noe of McCordsville has served as Hancock County assessor since 2011. Before that, she served as Vernon Township assessor for more than a decade. She’s challenging Sorrell for the District 2 seat.

Republican Bill Bolander of New Palestine has served as the District 4 council representative for more than two decades. He currently serves as the council’s president.

Republican Jim Shelby of Greenfield has served four terms as the District 3 commissioner. He currently serves as the budget chairman for the council.

Hancock County recorder

The recorder serves as four-year term and is responsible for preserving public records including deeds, mortgages and bankruptcy notices, among others.


Republican Marcia Moore of Greenfield has served as Hancock County clerk since 2011. So far, she has no Republican challengers.

Hancock County surveyor

The surveyor serves a four-year term and oversees civil engineering work for the county, including construction and maintenance of drains and ditches, highways, bridges and culverts.


Republican Susan Bodkin of Wilkinson has served as surveyor since 2008 and is seeking re-election. So far, she has no Republican challengers.

Offices on the ballot for the 2018 primary

Federal offices:

U.S. Senator

U.S. House of Representatives 6th Congressional District

State offices:

State representatives: District 53, District 57, District 88

County offices:

Circuit Court Judge








District 2 Commissioner

County council: Districts 1-4

Town offices:

Fortville Town Council: District 2, At-large

McCordsville Town Council: At-large (2 seats)

Township offices:

Trustees and board members