|Marion County Prosecutor|
Democratic incumbent Terry Curry is in the drivers seat, and his Republican opponent, Duane Merchant, is barely in the rear view mirror.
It's been a far cry from the contentious 2010 campaign that saw Curry take back the office from the hands of the Republicans by defeating the Mitch Daniels-backed Mark Massa. Since then, Curry has been working to restore a sense of dignity to the office after that was obliterated by Republican Carl Brizzi. The 2010 race was an expensive affair that involved nasty campaign ads.
So far, it's been pretty civil this time around. Merchant has struggled to raise campaign money. He trails Curry in that category by a bundle, but Merchant's struggles haven't made the incumbent complacent.
Curry sent out a cautionary e-mail last week to supporters with a direct plea, "To be honest, fundraising has been a challenge this year. Ironically, it appears that we are a victim of our own success, as our supporters believe that we will prevail based upon the good will which we have developed by 'governing well' in our first three and one-half years as Prosecutor."
He added, "We clearly cannot afford complacency at this late date. I would sincerely appreciate your financial assistance now to help us close strong in this campaign."
Just 84 days remain until Election Day.