Primary election filling for Columbus seat in Indiana House

The race to replace State Representative Milo Smith is getting crowded.

Three Republicans have filed to run in the May primary and two Democrats, according to records in the Bartholomew County clerk’s office. Recently filing on the Republican side for the House District 59 race are Jo Flohr and Lew Wilson, the current county assessor. They join Ryan Lauer for the Republican primary.. On the Democratic side Mary Kohen and Dale Nowlin are both in the running for the seat.

Smith, a Columbus Republican,  has announced that he will not run for re-election.

In other recent election filings, Democrat Hanna Omar has filed to run for the District 1 seat for Bartholomew County Council. Republican Marcus D. Speer has also filed for that race.

In Hope, Chelsea Warriner is the first person to file for the at-large seat on the Town Council. Warriner, a Democrat, is the director of the Hope Community Center.

Filing continues until noon on February 9th.