MISHAWAKA — So far, no more than five of the nine seats on Mishawaka Common Council could face competition in this year's upcoming elections.
But that can change. There's still a week and a half to go before all candidates for major offices across Indiana must file for office: Feb. 18.
Indiana state Rep. Craig Fry, D-Mishawaka, has filed to run for mayor.
Current Mayor Dave Wood, a Republican, plans to formally announce his bid for re-election Thursday.
Debbie Ladyga-Block, a Democrat, is the only person to have filed for city clerk, a job she currently holds.
The primary election will be May 3 and the general election will be Nov. 8.
As of Tuesday, the only incumbents on the city council who hadn't filed yet were Marsha McClure, R-4th; John Roggeman, D-at-large; and Gregg Hixenbaugh, D-at-large. McClure and Roggeman both said they plan to file and seek re-election.
Hixenbaugh said he's still "actively considering" another bid at his seat.
"I'm still talking it over with my family," he said.
George Lane, a Democrat who doesn't currently hold a political office, said he plans to file next week for an at-large seat on the council. Mishawaka has three at-large seats. So, if he and Roggeman follow through and if Hixenbaugh files, then voters would have to choose three out of four candidates for at-large seats.
Republican John Reisdorf recently filed for the 3rd District seat, now held by Democrat Ross Deal, who has filed for re-election.
A city resident for 20 years, Reisdorf applied for School City of Mishawaka board seats in 1998 and 2000 but didn't get them.
He is the Midwest director for Brax Ltd., a company that sells drinking cups and other products for fundraisers. He's married and has two children, a son attending Indiana University and a daughter at Mishawaka High School. He has served as an announcer for the high school's sports games for the past eight years.
Republican Benjamin Blatt, a self-employed attorney and substitute teacher, has filed for the 1st District council seat. He'll go up against incumbent Dale "Woody" Emmons, a Democrat who has filed for re-election.
Other council members who've already filed for re-election are Republican Mike Bellovich (2nd District) and Democrats Mike Compton (5th), Ron Banicki (6th) and John Gleissner (at large). So far, none of them have competition except possibly for Gleissner.
Staff writer Joseph Dits: