Republican Party Chair Michael Simpson announced this morning that there
will be a political caucus to fill the 1st District Porter County Council
seat on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
The caucus will
take place at Chesterton Town Hall, 726 Broadway.
The current 1st
District representative, Jim Biggs, will be taking the North District seat
on the County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 1., thus creating a vacancy. He
has submitted his resignation to County Clerk Karen Martin which will be
effective Dec. 31, 2016.
A person seeking to
fill the vacancy must be a resident of Porter County Council District 1.
This includes all precincts in Liberty, Jackson, Pine and Westchester Twps.
with the exception of part of Westchester Precinct 17. The district also
includes Center Twp. Precincts 11 and 25 and Portage 4 and 6.
interested must submit a declaration of candidacy form to the County Clerk.
The form is available at the Porter County Voters Registration Office,
located in Room 105 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave.
can be provided by calling Voters Registration Republican Director Sundae
Schoon at (219)-465-3486. A letter of intent must be forwarded to the party
All declaration of
candidacy forms must be hand delivered or mailed to the Voters Registration
Office not later than 72 hours prior to the Jan. 5 caucus.
Proxy votes will
not be accepted at the caucus. Only precinct committeemen in office 30 days
prior to the election are eligible to vote.
The party chair or
a designee will chair the caucus. The law requires a secret ballot and the
winner needs a majority vote.
Candidates will be
given up to three minutes to speak and will go by alphabetical order. The
candidates may, if they so choose, have an introduction by a party member,
no more than two minutes, prior to their speech.
If the caucus chair
is not a voting member of the district, then the chair may vote in a second
ballot tie. The decision to let the caucus chair vote must be made at the
beginning of the caucus before the balloting begins.