Election? What election?

1998-08-31T00:00:00Z Election? What election?JOHN REED nwitimes.com
August 31, 1998 12:00 am  • 

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Date: 08/31/98

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By: JOHN REED

KOUTS - It's hard to believe half this town's governing body could be

elected Wednesday.

There isn't a campaign sign or poster to be found in this town of 1,900. Nor

have the candidates, or political officials, sent out press releases or held

candidate forums.

"What election? I had no idea anyone was running for council. It certainly

seems unfair that there's no publicity of any kind," resident Carol Taylor said.

Four candidates, all Republicans, are running for the two open seats on the

four-member Town Council.

Incumbents Nancy Aikens and Betty Werner are being challenged by Darrell

Miller and Ruta Zamitis.

Registered Republicans will pick the winners at a caucus at 7 p.m. Wednesday

at Kouts Town Hall.

A legal notice of the Republican convention, the only way the public has had

of knowing there is an election, has been published and posted at several

locations in town.

There is a slim possibility of a general election in November. Democrats, or

even other Republicans, could still file a petition with Porter County Voter

Registration by noon Tuesday.

If any Democrats file, then their party also would be required to hold a

convention before Sept. 13.

There also is a slim possibility someone could file as a write-in candidate

by Sept. 14, providing they have a proper petition and forms.

In either case, the town would then hold a general election Nov. 3.

The unusual provisions, part of state election law, apply to communities

with population less than 3,500.

No other Porter County cities or towns are holding elections this year.

Kouts is doing so to stagger voting terms so that all four members are not

elected at once.

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