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Timothy Canfield takes GOP nomination in Burns Harbor ClerkTreasurer race

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In what was maybe the first ever Republican Town Convention in Burns Harbor, at least in recent memory, Timothy Canfield emerged as the candidate who will appear on the 2015 municipal election ballot for Clerk-Treasurer.

Nineteen voters turned out for the convention at the Burns Harbor Town Hall to decide whether Canfield, or a second nominee Crystal Westphal, will face Democratic incumbent Jane Jordan in November.

A funny thing happened, however, that seemed to give Canfield the edge. Westphal addressed the convention saying she has stepped down after a new career opportunity presented itself to her after she filed for office and, after speaking with him, is giving her full support to Canfield.

The deadline to withdraw from a candidacy has already passed, and with two candidates running for one seat, the state requires the town to proceed with the convention, said Convention Chair and Republican Precinct Committeeman for Burns Harbor Kevin Tracy.

“We still have to have a vote,” Tracy said.

In the results, Canfield took 18 votes while Westphal managed to snag one. “It’s almost unanimous,” Tracy said.

The convention started shortly after 7 p.m. with registration, and adjourned at about 7:20. One voter with a Democratic voting history was allowed to vote by the decision of the chair.

Serving as sergeant-at-arms were Porter County Recorder and Duneland GOP Chairman Jon Miller and Town Council candidate Andy Bozak. Recording secretary was Tracy’s wife Krista Tracy.

Signing in voters was Republican Director of the Porter County Voters Registration Office Sundae Schoon.

Before the vote, Canfield and Westphal were given a few minutes to speak to the convention.

Afterward, Westphal said she will still reside in town as she will be working from home and wanted to be able to devote her time her new endeavor. She will continue to serve her current term on the Burns Harbor Plan Commission.

Folks were allowed to leave after the voting but many of them stayed to hear short campaign speeches from the four Republicans running for Town Council -- Bozak, Toni Biancardi, Phyllis Constantine and incumbent Jeff Freeze.

Porter County Republican Party Chair Michael Simpson stopped by to give a pep talk for the party members as they look toward the fall election season.

“We’re going to be working hard, knocking on a lot of doors, shaking hands and listening to what people have to say,” he said.

Simpson and Miller invited the attendees to several upcoming GOP events, such as the party picnic this Saturday at noon in Valparaiso’s Kirkoff Park.


Posted 8/24/2015




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