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GOP sets caucus for area County Council seat January 5

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Porter County 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.

All persons 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. in Valparaiso.

More information 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 chairman.

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.


Posted 12/16/2016




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