Column: What does running at-large mean?


Commentary by Darren Peterson

One of my favorite parts about campaigning is getting out, going door to door and meeting with Noblesville residents. As I continue to work towards the May 7 municipal primary election, one question that I am continually asked is, “What does at-large mean?” or “I am voting for my neighbor, aren’t you running against that person?”


Simply put, at-large means being a political representative who is elected to serve an entire area rather than one of the districts. The answer is, yes, you can vote for both of us – your neighbor running in a district and an at-large candidate.

The municipal, off-year election is easy to overlook, but it is very important because the city council’s primary responsibility is to be the financial stewards of your local tax dollars. When you meet a candidate, ask hard questions about how your tax dollars are being spent locally. Dig into the things that matter most to you and your family.

Voting dates to know:

Applications for mailed ballots must be received in the election office by midnight, April 29. Early voting begins at the judicial center April 9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday voting begins April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and don’t miss Election Day on May 7. Your vote truly counts.

I’m a 26-year Noblesville resident and a business owner of Peterson Architecture. When I set my mind to something, I’m committed. I’m a hard worker, and I will see the vision through—from strategy to execution. My passion is making a difference in our community. As a Noblesville councilperson, I will be an active and vocal advocate for historically sensitive, intelligent and sustainable growth to evolve into an even stronger and safer community. I look forward to earning your vote on May 7 (or earlier!).

Darren Peterson is a Noblesville Common Councilor seeking re-election to an at-large seat. Learn more at


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