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Last updated: Mon. Nov. 05, 2012 - 01:58 pm EDT


Editorial endorsement roundup: Our 2012 election choices


President: It hardly seems necessary to list all the ways the Obama presidency has failed. It is sufficient to say the president ignored the nation's most pressing problems and chose instead to doggedly pursue his progressive agenda to remake America. Mitt Romney did not at first seem a likely hero able to rescue the country from President Obama's breathtaking mixture of arrogance and incompetence. But as the campaign season has worn on, Romney has found his voice.

U.S. Senate: GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has caught grief since the primary for being such an extremist partisan zealot who will never compromise. In fact, it's generally accepted that his hard line is why he's in such a close race with Democratic contender Joe Donnelly, that moderate, flexible fellow who is willing to compromise and work with everybody, when every other Republican in a statewide race has a comfortable lead. The thing is, though, is that Mourdock is exactly right.

Congress, 3rd District: First-term 3rd District Republican U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzmanhas been both a diligent representative of this part of Indiana and an emerging conservative voice. The need to choose him over Democratic challenger Kevin Boyd is obvious.

Governor: In his eight years in office, Gov. Mitch Daniels has been both visionary and effective, two traits that don't always go together. Republican Mike Pence would continue the philosophy and practices of Daniels, and Democrat John Gregg would not. That makes the governor's race an easy call – choose Pence and we will have the same kind of good news for the state we've had for the last eight years.

General Assembly: State Senate, District 16: Incumbent Republican David Long, a very effective speaker pro-tem.

State House, District 81: Incumbent Democrat Win Moses. State House, District 82: Republican David Ober over Democrat Mike Wilber. State House District 83: Incumbent Republican Kathy Heuer. State House District 84: Democrat Lee Jordan over incumbent Republican Bob Morris, whose Girl Scout comments caused his own party to all but disown him. State House District 85: Incumbent Republican Phyllis Pond.

State offices: The statewide positions of attorney general and superintendent of public instruction should be appointive rather than elective. Given that, there's no reason to make a change from incumbents Greg Zoellerand Tony Bennett.

County Commission: We recommend two-term GOP incumbent Nelson Peters, who wants to make a big push for regional cooperation.

County Council: Republican incumbent Roy Buskirk, a watchdog for taxpayers; former GOP Commissioner Bill Brown, with extensive knowledge of government; and Democrat Gina Burgess, enthusiastic and articulate.

County offices: County offices of treasurer, coroner and surveyor should be appointive instead of elective. Incumbent Treasurer Susan Orth, incumbent Surveyor Allan Frisinger and current Deputy Coroner Craig Nelson are the obvious choices.

FWCS: For District 2, challenger Glenna Jehl. For District 3, incumbent Becky Hill.

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