VALPARAISO | A replacement for retired Center Township Board member Charles Hazlett will be chosen at a caucus to be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in the commissioners' chambers at the Porter County Government Center in Valparaiso.
Hazlett served on the Township Board for 18 years before retiring at the end of 2012.
The township's Republican precinct committeemen will choose the replacement in a secret ballot. Only committeemen in office at least 30 days prior to the caucus are eligible to vote. Center Township Republican Chairman Douglas Miller said 31 committeemen are eligible to vote. One precinct position is vacant.
Anyone interested in filling the remaining two years of Hazlett's term must submit a declaration of candidacy form to the county Board of Voter Registration. The form is available at the voter registration office in the government center.
Completed forms must be hand delivered or mailed to the office at least 72 hours before the caucus.
Candidates must be residents of the township. To be elected, they must receive a majority of the voting committeemen.
Before the vote, each candidate, in alphabetical order, will be given three minutes to speak to the committeemen.
If no candidate receives a majority on the first ballot, the person with the fewest votes will be dropped from the contest and another vote taken of the remaining candidates. The process will be repeated until someone receives a majority.
Miller said a couple of people have inquired about the vacancy but no one has filed the required form yet.