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Caucus called to replace Brown

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FORTVILLE — On Tuesday, Oct. 30, just a week before voters head to the polls to elect a president and fill nearly a dozen other state and local offices, the four members of the Fortville Town Council will find out who is joining them as the newest addition to the board.

Former Councilwoman Sarah Brown resigned from the council on Oct. 1, leaving an at-large seat up for grabs. Instead of an election, the person who will take that seat will be chosen during a Republican Party caucus based on a choice by Fortville’s precinct committee officials Bob Hiday and Mary Beth Sears, as regulated by state law.

Because Brown occupied an at-large seat, anyone who lives within the corporate limits of Fortville is eligible.

Candidates can declare candidacy as late as 72 hours before the caucus. They must contact the county GOP chair, Janice Silvey, to enter the race. Forms are available in the election office at the courthouse. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Fortville Municipal Building.

Brown and her family are moving to Italy at the end of the month.

The caucus will be run like a mini-campaign. Each candidate will have three to five minutes to speak before the vote is taken. If the precinct officials split their vote or cannot agree on which candidate should take the seat, Silvey will serve as

the tie breaker.

“I hope we get somebody with some experience (and) some knowledge of town government, absolutely,” Hiday said.

So far, a handful of entries has been received. The winner of

the caucus will serve out the rest of Brown’s term, which began in January 2011.

The Fortville Town Council went through the caucus process in early 2011 after Councilwoman Tammy Gilbert vacated her seat. Janet Manship was chosen by precinct committeemen Hiday and Calvin Hendryx-Parker. Manship went on to win re-election later that year for a full term.

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