2 city council candidates file; at-large race will be contested

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GREENFIELD — Two more incumbent city councilmen have filed to run in the May primary election, guaranteeing at least one Republican race will be contested.

Republicans Dan Riley and Joe Skvarenina, both at-large incumbent Greenfield city councilmen, declared their candidacy in the Hancock County Election Office on Wednesday, the first day to file for the May 7 primary election.

Seven other GOP city candidates — six incumbents and one first-timer — have filed. All council districts have candidates except for District 3. Keely Butrum is currently that district’s representative.

Riley, Skvarenina and Mitch Pendlum are in a three-way race for the council’s two at-large seats. Pendlum, a Republican, currently represents District 2. John Jester, a former Greenfield police chief, is the lone candidate thus far for District 2. No Democrats have filed for any race in the municipal primary.

Candidates can file to run in this year’s May 7 primary until Feb. 8. in the election office in the Hancock County Courthouse, 9 E. Main St., Greenfield.

Greenfield’s seven city council spots, mayor and clerk-treasurer positions will be up for election. Cumberland, Fortville and McCordsville will each have three council seats and a clerk-treasurer job open.