Candidates running unopposed still campaigning

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – We are inching closer to Indiana’s May 6th Primary Election.  That means more and more candidates will be hitting the campaign trail.  You may ask “why do candidates who are running unopposed still campaign as actively as they do?”

Starting this weekend, you’ll start to see political signs throughout VigoCounty.  And this will include the campaign signs for Sheriff Greg Ewing and Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, who is planning for a busy weekend.

“I posted on Facebook the night before last, and within 24 hours we had about 250 requests for signs,” said Modesitt.

Both men are unopposed in the primary election.  They’re guaranteed a spot in the General Election this fall.  Yet, both will campaign this Spring.  Sheriff Ewing says a lot of people ask him this question: “I thought you were running unopposed?”

“My simple answer is ‘yes, but.. I really like fish fry’s!  (laughs) but more so, it’s getting out and communicating with the folks,” said Sheriff Ewing.

Vigo County Clerk Dave Crockett says all candidates want to get their name and message out to the public they hope to serve.  That’s regardless of whether someone’s name is across from theirs on the ballot.  Modesitt and Ewing may be unopposed in the primary.  Indiana law doesn’t guarantee them a free pass in the General Election.  There’s an option for opposing parties.

“The party can caucus at a point after the spring primary and they can enter a candidate against you,” said Crockett.

Opposing parties have until June 30th to do so.  Even so, if you like fish fry’s, too, chances are you’ll see both Ewing and Modesitt passing their respective messages out to you, the voters.

“You still want to keep that personal contact with the community as it’s more of a personal thing,” said Modesitt.

“I think it’s important to be out and about and to listen to what the concerns are or what needs addressed,” said Sheriff Ewing.

Both candidates agree running unopposed changes how you campaign.  For example, both will not spend as much on billboards or advertising.

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