CROWN POINT | Lake County Republicans are scheduled to name the next Lake County Council member this weekend.
County GOP Chairwoman Kim Krull said Monday her party's precinct committeemen will caucus at 10 a.m. Saturday in the new Crown Point Library, 122 N. Main St., to replace Rick Niemeyer.
Niemeyer left the county's seven-member fiscal body last month to become a state representative.
Crown Point resident James Cuffia, Schneider Town Councilman Richard Ludlow and Center Township Trustee Eldon Strong have asked their names be put before the caucus as candidates for the office.
Other Republicans would have until Wednesday morning to enter the race.
Cuffia, an engineer, is Republican chairman for the city of Crown Point and has campaigned in recent years for state House District 19 representative and Crown Point City Council.
Ludlow has served seven years on the Schneider Town Council and has been its representative on the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. He is an investigator for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and a retired state police trooper.
Strong has been Center Township trustee since 2003. He also served as a Center Township Board member from 1999 to 2002. He unsuccessfully ran last year for Crown Point mayor and is a retired Crown Point police officer.
The committeemen who will elect the new Lake County Council member represent about 70 precincts in Crown Point, Cedar Lake, Winfield, Lowell, Schneider and unincorporated south county.