The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Politics

February 19, 2014

GOP candidates removed from ballot

Potential delegates didn't compete application

ANDERSON –—Twenty-eight Republicans seeking election to be a delegate to the party’s state convention later this year have been removed from the May primary ballot.

Russ Willis, chairman of the Madison County Republican Party, filed the challenges with the Madison County Election Board.

Willis said he filed the challenges because of incomplete applications, people voted in the Democratic Primary in the last election or the addresses were wrong.

“We exceeded the number of delegates in some of the districts,” he said. “It could have eliminated some people who properly filed.”

During an Election Board meeting Tuesday the board voted unanimously to uphold the challenge.

Those removed from the ballot as potential delegates to the Republican Party State Convention were Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold; his wife, Jennifer; Elwood Police Chief Phil Caldwell; and James Robertson, Elwood Street Department superintendent.

Arnold and his wife were removed for incomplete declarations of candidacies; Caldwell and Robertson were removed for an incomplete application and voting Democrat in 2012.

Darlene Likens, Madison County clerk and a member of the Election Board, said some people didn’t indicate if they were running for a district delegate seat or at large.

Of the 28 people removed from the ballot, 23 were residents of Elwood.

Likens said because the declarations of candidacy were filed on Feb. 7, the deadline to file for the May primary, there was no way to contact them to make the corrections.

“In some cases the address didn’t match what was on the voter registration record or the card was returned as the person not residing at the address,” she said.

Likens said those removed from the ballot can be appointed as a delegate by Willis.

“This is the drawback from filing on the last day,” Jay Stapleton, president of the Election Board, said. “The application can’t be corrected by the deadline.”

The Election Board also voted to remove three people who filed for Republican Party precinct committeemen in the May election.

Likens said there is no filing for Republican Party precinct committeemen in 2014. She said they are elected every four years with the next election taking place in 2016.

The Democratic Party is electing precinct committeemen this election cycle.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

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