Election 2014: Races to watch

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By: James Gherardi

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 3, 2014) - Election Day turnout is expected to be low, but the importance of the races is high. Hoosiers will take to the polls starting at 6a.m. to elect new representatives to Congress, state house and senate seats are up for grabs, Marion County officials will be on the ballot, and Indianapolis Public Schools will have elections for school board seats.

Some of the closest watched races are state-wide. The Secretary of State is a race political analysts are saying could go either way. Republican incumbent, Connie Lawson is running for re-election to the post she was appointed to in 2012 by Governor Mitch Daniels. Her challenger is a well-known name in Marion County, Democrat Beth White. White is the county’s clerk and has proved to be a formidable opponent. Both sides have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and have TV ads airing throughout the state.

The race for Marion County Sheriff is another one being closely watched as well. Locally, the television attack ads have been plentiful, between incumbent Sheriff John Layton and his Republican Challenger, Emmitt Carney. The race heated up even more so Monday when Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard endorsed Carney. Ballard said fresh eyes were needed to resolve inmate release mistakes. Layton has 40 years’ experience with the sheriff’s office; Carney has 31 years’ experience at various law enforcement agencies.

Marion County prosecutor, Democrat Terry Curry is facing off against Republican Duane Merchant. Curry took the post in 2011 during a tumultuous time, after his predecessor, Carl Brizzi dropped charges against IMPD Officer, David Bisard. Merchant has 20 years’ experience as a deputy prosecutor.

FOX 59 will have complete election coverage on air and online starting on Election Day first at 4p.m. and continuing throughout the night.