Republican trades election oversight for House race

2014-01-21T12:30:00Z 2014-01-21T18:39:16Z Republican trades election oversight for House raceBy Bill Dolan, (219) 662-5328
January 21, 2014 12:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The Lake County elections board started the new year by losing one of its members to the 2014 campaign.

William I. Fine, a Highland attorney, resigned his post as a Republican member of the elections board Tuesday, saying he will be running for the state legislature.

He said he will be a candidate for the 12th House District, which includes Munster, Highland, 12 Hammond precincts and eight Griffith precincts.

It is Fine's third attempt to win elective office. He ran in 2010 for Lake Circuit Court, losing to Judge George C. Paras. He ran in 2012 for the 12th House seat and lost to State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon by 2,082 votes.

Fine has been a Munster resident for more than 50 years and has been practicing law in Highland since 1988.

The elections board named Hammond attorney Kevin Smith, a Democratic member, as its chairman for 2014.

Winfield Town Councilwoman Paulette Skinner filed her candidacy Tuesday to run for Winfield Township trustee as a Republican.

The elections board approved a plan to hire assistant election clerks to help in 20 precincts. Each precinct has more than 1,200 active voters.

Those precincts are located in Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Gary, Griffith, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, St. John, St. John Township and West Creek Township. Each precinct has more than 1,200 active voters.

Election board members said they are tracking with concern a proposed law in the legislature that would require them to post a security guard in all 86 polling places located in schools. They said it would cost the county $120,000 to hire that many guards.

Lake Clerk Mike Brown, an elections board member, said there has been no history of trouble at polling places in schools.

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