Council Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, will challenge incumbent Porter
County Council Member Andy Bozak, R-1st, for the Republican nomination.
DeLaney has served
on the Chesterton Town Council since first being elected in 2008 and is
liaison to the Police and Fire departments. He also sits on the
Redevelopment Commission and previously served on the Board of Zoning
Appeals and on the Advisory Plan Commission.
Prior to municipal
service, DeLaney was appointed in 1994 by Gov. Evan Bayh to a four-year term
on the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, as part of a
$30-million flood control project. Gov. Frank O’Bannon subsequently
re-appointed DeLaney to a second term.
DeLaney is active
as well in the community, is a member of the Shared Ethics Committee,
belongs to Chesterton Moose Lodge 1623 and Calumet Masonic Lodge 379, and
for five years was a Cub Scout leader at Brummitt Elementary School.
Council, District 1, deserves a candidate who has the experience and is able
to dedicate the time needed for this position,” DeLaney told the
Chesterton Tribune. “Porter County has one of the lowest tax rates in
the State of Indiana. I would like to help keep it that way while we follow
the responsible growth path that we are experiencing.”
Foundation in place, county government is addressing many needed projects
and concerns,” DeLaney said. “I would like to take my experience and
perspective of the big picture to the county level and dedicate the time
needed to represent the residents of Porter County.”
Bozak was elected
to the 1st District seat in January 2016 by a Republican caucus to fill the
vacancy created when incumbent Jim Biggs was elected to the Porter County