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Head: Election? What election?
By: JOHN REED
KOUTS - It's hard to believe half this town's governing body could be
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
"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.