Moore for Mayor

Tyler Moore, with his kids and wife, Ann Moore, announcing his candidacy for mayor of Kokomo at Gingerbread House Bakery on Jan. 9, 2019. Tim Bath | Kokomo Tribune

The lineups are set.

Following Friday's filing deadline, the list of candidates for this spring's primary election ballots has been established.

Most notably, the election – Primary Election Day is May 7, followed by Election Day on Nov. 5 – will not include Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, who announced last month that he will not seek a fourth term.

In May, the mayoral choices will be narrowed from four to two, one Republican and one Democrat, as each party moves into the spring primary with two candidates seeking the office.

Primary election voters will also have a say in three Kokomo Common Council races – including the one for the city's three at-large seats – and the chance to place their confidence in either longtime incumbents or various newcomers.

Here are your choices:


Republican Tyler Moore

After forming an exploratory committee in late November, Moore announced his long-rumored candidacy just after the New Year on Jan. 9 to a crowd of supporters inside Gingerbread House Bakery.

Moore, in his third term as a Howard County commissioner, is the heavy favorite to earn the Republican nomination and move onto November's general election.

Republican Richard Stout

A political newcomer and lifelong Kokomo resident, Stout filed to run for mayor in an effort to engage with local residents on issues ranging from jobs to public safety.

Democrat Abbie Smith

Smith, who has taken a leave of absence from her position as the United Way of Howard County's president and CEO, emerged with an early platform focused primarily on economic development, infrastructure and public safety.

She said her campaign will narrow its focus to specific ideas following “listening sessions” and interactions with city voters, which have started at places like Bind Cafe in downtown Kokomo.

Democrat Kevin Summers

Summers, who announced his mayoral bid in mid-December, is a former Kokomo Common Council member and KPD captain.

His campaign has focused largely on measures that would rebut the last 11 years of Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, including needs he believes range from road construction reversals to the return of a city-run ambulance service.

Kokomo Common Council District 1

Incumbent Democrat Mike Wyant

A longtime councilman, Wyant, representing the city's north end, is best known as the owner and operator of the city's We Care Park. But he also played a prominent role during the 2017 vote on a citywide smoking ban, which was passed by the council but adamantly opposed by Wyant.

Republican Jason Acord

Acord is without a Republican challenger, and will face Wyant in the general election. On Facebook he said that he "decided to run because of concerns I have for the direction of the city and in my district the northend. City government priorities should be public safety, infrastructure, the necessary services and environment that attracts and retains businesses."

Kokomo Common Council District 2

Incumbent Democrat Bob Cameron

Cameron, another veteran city councilman, is the only incumbent who represents a city district facing a primary challenger. He most recently gained citywide attention when he questioned the Kokomo School Corporation's approach to school safety during a council meeting.

Democrat Jimmy Jones

A detention officer at Howard County's work release center and the current leader of Kokomo's Peace Watch group, Jones is hoping to defeat Cameron this spring in the Democratic primary. Jones has most prominently highlighted public safety and blight removal in his nascent campaign.

Republican Lynn Rudolph

A former police chief, Rudolph also worked as a campaign director for the United Way of Howard County and as a supervisor for the city's street department. He said in a media release that "the city could do better by its people when it comes to public safety and infrastructure."

Kokomo Common Council District 3

Democrat John Wright

Wright, a retired sheet metal worker who served as a business agent in Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 20, is hoping to replace longtime councilwoman Janie Young, who is not seeking re-election. Wright said he wants to make the 3rd District more pedestrian-friendly, while encouraging staffing increases in the police, fire and street departments.

Democrat Cathy Cox-Stover

Stover, president of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library board and vice president of the Kokomo Parks and Recreation board, currently works at the Miami Correctional facility as the community services involvement director. She said she is "committed to serving the city and residents of District 3."

Republican Ray Collins

Collins, who worked for 23 years at the Kinsey Youth Center and is now a health care security officer, has said he looks forward "to listening to the citizens of Kokomo as we explore the important areas of citizen safety, growth of the entire city, and other various issues."

Kokomo Common Council District 4

Democrat Donnie Haworth

Councilman Haworth is seeking re-election in a district that encompasses the south-central part of the city and includes IU Kokomo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Markland Mall. Haworth has a stated goal of getting more people involved in the city's 50/50 sidewalk program.

Republican Greg Jones

Jones, a 16-year Air Force veteran, is taking on Haworth for the second consecutive election. Unlike in 2015, however, he will not have a primary challenger. He says he is "Pro-Police/Fire/EMT" and an advocate for "veteran service" and "senior health."

Kokomo Common Council District 5

Incumbent Republican Cindy Sanders

Sanders, one of only two Republicans on the council, will not face a primary challenger in her district, which covers parts of southern Kokomo. The Democratic Party, however, can select a candidate following the primary election to fill the general election vacancy. The deadline for that is June 30.

Kokomo Common Council District 6

Incumbent Republican Tom Miklik

Miklik, the council's other Republican, is hoping to be re-elected in a district that covers western Kokomo. Miklik most notably sponsored the council's smoking ban resolution, passed in 2017, and said the city could do better with "streets. ... That seems to be the common theme this year, streets."

Democrat Kristianna Upchurch    

Upchurch could not be reached for comment.

Kokomo Common Council at-large

Note: The top three vote-getters in each party’s primary election in May move on to November’s general election, where the top three vote-getters win the council’s three at-large seats.

Incumbent Democrat Bob Hayes

The council's president, Hayes filed to run for re-election on Monday. A Democratic Party media release announcing his re-election filing highlighted the council's passage under Hayes' leadership of LGBT protections and a smoking ban, along with Industrial Heritage Trail improvements.

Incumbent Democrat Mike Kennedy

Kennedy, the council's vice president, narrowly retained his seat in 2015 and hopes to again finish as one of the top three vote-getters in November's general election. He said previously the council needs "to keep looking to the future of Kokomo and keeping our community vibrant and alive."

Democrat Chris Wendt

Wendt initially filed in the 2nd district race before deciding to switch to the council's citywide, at-large contest. He is best known as the previous CEO of the local crime watch group Peach Watch.

Democrat Matt Sedam

Sedam is a member of the Howard County Board of Health and is an adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Kokomo, in addition to his work helping people with disabilities find jobs. He has advocated for helping residents suffering from addiction and mental illness.

Republican Jason Skaggs

Skaggs, who was trounced by Sanders in the 2015 primary election's 5th district race, is hoping to have better luck in the at-large race. He is a member of the Kokomo Park Board and the Howard County Plan Commission and has kicked his campaign off in part by pointing to public safety staffing numbers and a goal of furthering business growth.

Republican Kara Kitts-McKibben

Kitts-McKibben is a licensed cosmetologist and lifelong Kokomo resident and graduate of Kokomo High School who has never run for public office. She said she wants to expand downtown's growth "to reach our neighborhoods throughout the entire city."

Republican Matt Grecu

Grecu, a partner at Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory, filed Tuesday to run for an at-large seat on the Common Council. He will have local Republican heavyweights Jeff Stout, a Howard County councilman, and Paul Wyman, president of the county's board of commissioners, helping to run his campaign.

Republican Antonio 'Tony' Stewart

Stewart, who pastors The Reformation Faith Ministries, owns and operates Stewart's Healthcare Consultants, providing CNA training programs in Kokomo. A U.S. Army veteran who worked as a medic and nurse, he said his main concerns for Kokomo are "safety, jobs and the current drug problems."

Republican Alex Clark

The 33-year-old owner of Maverick Security Solutions, Clark said he was motivated by Goodnight's speech last month urging new candidates to jump into local politics. Clark's campaign has four tenets: economic development and diversification; growth in "neglected" neighborhoods; city and county government cooperation; and a call for open conversation with public safety leaders about what their departments really need.

Kokomo City Clerk

The clerk's office "serves as a document and formation resource to the council, all city departments and the citizens of our city," according to the city's website. Brenda Brunnemer-Ott has held the seat since 1992.

Democrat Brenda Brunnemer-Ott

Republican Diane Howard

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at or on Twitter @gmyerskt.

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George Myers covers city and county government. He joined the Kokomo Tribune on November 18, 2014.