The election of
Jeff Larson and Andy Bozak to the Porter County Council has created
vacancies on two other boards -- the Liberty Township Advisory Board and the
Burns Harbor Town Council.
The Porter County
Republican Party announced it will be holding a political caucus to fill
those vacancies on Monday, Jan. 23 at the Porter County Administration
Building, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, 7 p.m. in Room 102A.
Larson served on
the Liberty Township Advisory Board and was elected as an at-large member to
the County Council in the 2016 General Elections.
Bozak was elected
by a Republican caucus last week to succeed Jim Biggs on the County Council
as 1st District representative. Biggs resigned the seat to be on the County
Board of Commissioners.
The caucus will
also seek to fill another seat as well on the Porter Twp. Board. That
vacancy was created by the death of Board member Dave Williams.
County GOP Chairman
Michael Simpson said in a press release after deadline Wednesday that
persons interested in running for the seats must submit declaration of
candidacy forms to the Office of Voter Registration no later than 72 hours
prior to the Jan. 23 caucus.
Registration Office is located in the Porter County Administration Building,
155 Indiana Avenue, Room 105, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. The phone number is
letter of intent must be forwarded to Simpson.
Persons seeking to
fill the vacancy must be a resident of the respective district. The Liberty
Township Board represents all of Liberty Township.
Bozak was an
at-large member of the Burns Harbor Town Council meaning the candidate would
must reside within the town limits of Burns Harbor.
Simpson said 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 County Chair
(or the Chairs designee) will chair the caucus. The law requires a secret
ballot and the winner needs a majority vote. The candidate(s) will be given
up to three minutes to speak in alphabetical order. The candidates(s) 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 (township) 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.