EARLY VOTING: 300 ballots cast in first three days

COLUMBIA CITY — Absentee voters are coming out in full swing to cast their ballots for this year’s general election.According to the Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, absentee voters in this year’s primary totaled only 487 voters, but with absentee voting open as of this week, the general election number is already close as it continues to climb daily.“So far this week, we have had 300 voters in the first three days,” said Beers. “When the voters come out to vote, all the preparation and hard work put into running the election is truly worth it.”Available hours for absentee voting at the clerk’s office, located in the courthouse at Room 18 on the second floor, are from Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.For more information on absentee voting, call the clerk’s office at 248-3164.According to Beers, a sample of the national/Indiana State race on the ballot includes the following:President and Vice President of the United StatesRepublican Mitt Romney and Paul RyanDemocrat Barack Obama and Joe BidenLibertarian Gary Johnson and James GrayUnited States SenatorRepublican Richard MourdockDemocrat Joe DonnellyLibertarian Andrew HorningGovernor and Lieutenant GovernorRepublican Mike Pence and Sue EllspermannDemocrat John Gregg and Vi SimpsonLibertarian Rupert Boneham and Brad KlopfensteinAttorney GeneralRepublican Greg ZoellerDemocrat Kay FlemingSuperintendent of Public InstructionRepublican Tony BennettDemocrat Glenda RitzUnited States Representative District 3Republican Marlin StutzmanDemocrat Kevin BoydState Representative District 83Republican Kathy HeuerDemocrat John GoodColumbia City’s Heuerseeks re-electionCurrently running for reelection is State Representative Kathy Heuer, from Columbia City, who was first elected to State Representative in November of 2010 for a two year term.According to Heuer, she has been honored to serve and is looking forward to the upcoming election.“My primary goals, if reelected, are to keep our budget balanced to help keep our state strong and to continue working in the areas of my committee assignments,” said Heuer. “I have already begun work on two new bills to address the skills gap that employers are experiencing in the work place, hoping to bring opportunities for additional education to the current workforce so that employers can retrain and retain current employees. In education, we heard testimony during our summer study committees that we need to give our schools a chance to catch up and take a breath from all the changes we have made in the last two years, so my prediction is that we will see more ‘tweaking’ of current legislation as suggested from the summer testimony than we will see new legislation.”According to Heuer, she has served on the Columbia City Common Council, on the Columbia City Housing Authority, on the Columbia City Board of Works and on the Columbia City Plan Commission.She has also served as former President of the Whitley County United Way Board of Directors, Co-Chairman of the United Way Campaign in Whitley County, Vice Chairman of the Whitley County Republican Party and as Chairman.