Three candidates punching their ticket for November

Three candidates are moving on to the general election without opposition in the May 5 primary.

Incumbent Republican councilman Dascal Bunch will face Democratic challenger Christopher Rutan in the fall election for the District 1 seat.

Incumbent Columbus Clerk-Treasurer Luann Welmer is unopposed for the Republican nomination and so far is unopposed in the fall election for clerk-treasurer.

Name: Dascal Bunch

Party: Republican

Age: 60

Address: 221 S. Brooks St.

Occupation: Retired

Education: Some college

Previous elected offices held (and when): City Council, District 1, current.

Previous elected offices sought (and when): City Council, District 1, 2011.

Community involvement: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; St. Peter’s Worship Ministry; Angels of Love; St. Peter’s Care Ministry; Columbus Housing Authority; CASA volunteer; State Street Association member

Immediate family: Daughter, Kylee Jones and husband Chris; son, Jordan Bunch and wife Alexa Bunch.

Name: Christopher Rutan

Party: Democrat

Age: 37

Address: 1126 Ninth St.

Occupation: Property manager/owner, CST Properties

Education: GED

Previous elected offices held (and when): None

Previous elected offices sought (and when): Columbus Township Advisory Board, 2010; City Council, District 1, 2011; Columbus Township Trustee, 2014.

Community involvement: Ninth Street Neighborhood Watch leader; Ninth Street Park Community Festival organizer

Immediate family: Stepson, Dallas Stout.

Name: Luann Welmer

Party: Republican

Age: 55

Address: 1301 Audubon Drive

Occupation: City clerk-treasurer

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Purdue University

Previous elected offices held (and when): City clerk-treasurer, current.

Previous elected offices sought (and when): City clerk-treasurer, 2011.

Community involvement: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; Columbus Rotary Club; Republican Central Committee, treasurer; Republican Ladies League.

Immediate family: Husband, David; daughter, Lydia; son, Elliott.

What's next

The Republic is publishing daily primary election previews through Sunday. Coming Tuesday: Learn about Columbus City Council District 2 candidates.