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Town Council breaks election tie in favor of Nate Cobbs

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The tie has been broken.

Along party lines.

At its meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted 3-1 to break the 401-401 tie for the 4th District seat in favor of the Republican, Nate Cobbs. The Democrat, Scot McCord, garnered only one vote, from the single Democrat on the council, whose decision not to stand for re-election opened the seat which Cobbs and McCord were vying for.

The vote:

* Jim Ton, R-1st: Cobbs.

* Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd: Cobbs.

* Sharon Darnell, D-4th: McCord.

* Emerson DeLaney, R-5th: Cobbs.

Member Nick Walding, R-3rd, was not in attendance. Had one of the incumbent Republicans wandered off the reservation and cast his ballot for McCord, the resulting 2-2 tie would had to have been broken by Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela.

There was no discussion of the vote, and the only comment at all on the tie was Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann’s. “Breaking the tie is not an enviable job,” he observed, quite correctly, before members cast their ballots to do just that.

Members then voted 4-0 to authorize Kuziela to certify the 3-1 vote in favor of Cobbs and forward the results to Porter County Voter Registration.




Posted 11/24/2015




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