Caucus events set to fill vacancies in local state senate, prosecutor seats
By Jennifer Zartman Romano
Whitley County GOP chairman Matt Boyd announced Wednesday that dates have been set for two caucuses, filling the vacancies created by Jim Banks and Matthew Rentschler following the recent General Election.
The first caucus will be held on Tuesday, December 6, to fill the Indiana Senate District 17 seat vacanted by Banks when he was elected to the Third District Congressional seat. The caucus will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Heartland REMC Community Room, 350 Wedcor Drive, Wabash.
Current candidates include Lee Baatz of Whitley County, Andy Zay of Huntington County, Darren Reese and Ann Vermillion, both of Grant County.
Additional candidates could still file for this caucus as filing must happen no later than 72 hours prior to the caucus in Indianapolis. Political affiliation is not required.
In all, 32 Whitley County precinct committee men and women are eligible to vote in the caucus.
The winner of the Senate District 17 Caucus will complete the remainder of the term that Jim Banks was elected to in the 2014 General Election, that term will expire November 6, 2018. District 17 includes portions of Whitley, Huntington, Wabash and Grant Counties.
The second caucus has been planned to fill the vacancy created when current Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Rentschler is sworn in as Whitley Circuit Court Judge on January 1, 2017.
This caucus will be held on Thursday, December 8, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Peabody Public Library, 1160 East Highway 2015 in Columbia City.
Currently, only one candidate has filed for the seat, local Deputy Prosecuting Attorney DJ Sigler.
The deadline to file as a candidate in that caucus would be Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. No party affiliation is required to be a candidate in the caucus.
Whitley County's 34 Republican precinct committee members will participate in this caucus to fill the remaining portion of Rentschler's term beginning January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2018.