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Suit challenging County redistricting to get January 16 hearing

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LaPorte County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alevizos has rescheduled the hearing for the lawsuit challenging the Porter County Council redistricting ordinance for Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.

The proceedings were to start originally at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 on the day before candidate filing began in Porter County but LaPorte County closed its government offices due to this week’s severe winter weather.

The suit was filed in Alevizos’s office on Dec. 30 by attorney Edward Hearn, of Johnson and Bell, who is representing plaintiffs Danielle Cauley, Ryan Bailey, Brian Smolnicky, Patrick Heely II and Porter County Councilman Jeremy Rivas, D-2nd.

They contend that the County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that does not follow legal guidelines, in that not all of the four Council districts are contiguous as the law states they must to be.

Part of Westchester Twp. voting precinct 17 is not attached to District 2 and is in “an island” surrounded by precincts in District 1, the suit documents state.

The Commissioners have hired William Bock III, a partner of the Indianapolis law firm Kroeger Gardis & Regas, as their legal representative in the matter.



Posted 1/9/2014