3 long-term U.S. Senate hopefuls file for Indiana primary race

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three longtime U.S. Senate candidates have filed with Indiana election officials to contest May’s primary ballot, though their names were ultimately not listed.

Republican Sen. Todd Young and Democratic Mayor of Hammond Thomas McDermott Jr. appear to have safely met the state’s requirement to file petitions signed by at least 500 registered voters from all nine congressional districts before the deadline for Friday.

Potential Republican challenger Danny Niederberger, a Westfield accountant, said his campaign has been unable to submit his Indianapolis 7th District petitions since the Marion County Clerk’s Office, which was to verify signatures, was closed on Friday due to the winter storm. .

The state election commission is due to meet on Feb. 18 to consider any challenges to candidate eligibility. Niederberger said he would plead his case if challenged.

The campaigns of Democratic hopefuls Haneefah Khaaliq, executive director of Gary’s Human Relations Commission, and Indianapolis psychologist Valerie McCray did not immediately comment on whether they thought they were qualified for the ballot.

McDermott’s campaign adviser Kevin Smith said the campaign will take a close look at whether Khaaliq and McCray meet the ballot requirements.

Avoiding a primary challenge could benefit McDermott as he entered this year with about $50,000 in campaign money, while federal records show Young had nearly $6.2 million for his re-election campaign.

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