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Caucus set to replace board member

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GREENFIELD — A caucus will be held Thursday to replace an officeholder whose criminal record prohibits him from holding the position.

The caucus to replace Trent Henderson, a Republican member of the Brandywine Township board since 2006, will be held at 6 p.m. at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St.

Henderson pleaded guilty to two Class D felonies in April 2013 relating to a drunken-driving arrest from the year before. The conviction left him ineligible to hold or run for public office.

That was news to party officials who learned of Henderson’s history shortly before the May primary that Henderson, who had planned to run for re-election, could not hold office.

By the time party officials found out, it was too late to remove Henderson from the ballot. He appeared alongside candidates Kevin Bates and Craig Moore for the three open seats.

Precinct committeemen Dave Scott and Bob Elsea will vote Thursday at the caucus, which is open to the public.

The precinct committeemen will have little debating to do about which candidate to fill Henderson’s position. Bates is the only person who had expressed interest in the office as of press time Tuesday, Republican Party Chairwoman Janice Silvey said. Had there been more than one candidate, and the precinct committeemen could not agree, Silvey would have cast a vote to break the tie.

Henderson’s successor will serve the rest of his term, which was due to expire at the end of the year.

The next step is to have Henderson’s name removed from the November ballot.

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