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