An amateurish attempt to have city council candidate Chris Plack’s name stricken from the fall ballot died quickly Friday.
A letter attacking Plack’s candidacy as an independent candidate had been sent to local media, but the issue was set aside by the Kosciusko County Election Board after reviewing the circumstances in a meeting Friday morning.
Plack is seeking the District 2 seat and faces Republican Josh Finch in the Nov. 5 election.
The anonymous letter claimed that one of the 12 names on Plack’s petition he used to get him on the ballot as an independent candidate should be stricken because the signer is apparently not living in the residence listed on the petition.
But the letter was fraught with problems. First, anyone who initiates a complaint needs to live within the district in question, but the letter’s anonymity makes that impossible to determine. The person also missed the deadline to file a formal complaint. Such complaints need to be mailed to the election board, but that did not happen. And (drum roll please), the letter incorrectly claimed Plack is running for District 3.
Plack attended the election board meeting. He noted that such antics were similar to what was seen in the Mayoral primary earlier this year. He blamed it on outside agitators who “want to cause chaos.”
The board, represented by Republican Randy Girod, Democrat Bill Morton and county clerk Ann Torpy, voted to take no action on the matter.
RELATED NOTES — Plack also made some news this week on Facebook when he pledged to donate part of his salary every other month to a local non-profit. He said the move underscores the importance non-profits play in the community. “Make no mistake, I’m no millionaire. I’m barely a thousandaire. We have a lot of work to do to make our city everything we want it to be and talking isn’t going to get it done,” Plack wrote on his Facebook page.
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MAKE PLANS — The Republican Hall of Fame dinner will be on the SS Lillypad on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Syracuse. Tickets are $50. RSVPs can be made with party leaders.
Meanwhile, Kosciusko County Democrats will have their Salute to Service Dinner Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 pm at Noa Noa in Warsaw. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. The party will also have its monthly meeting Tuesday night at Mad Anthony’s.
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ON THE RADAR — A few political items of regional interest:
- Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell formally announced her campaign to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District held by Susan Brooks, who chose not to run for another term. Steve Braun, the brother of US Sen. Mike Braun, has also filed to run for the seat, according to several central Indiana news outlets.
- Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, to select a replacement for District 18 State Sen. Randy Head. The caucus will be held in Miami County. A Facebook Live Stream will be available at www.facebook.com/indgop for anyone who wishes to watch the caucus live. District 18 includes Cass, Fulton and Miami counties and portions of Carroll, Kosciusko and Marshall counties.
- Ryan Liedtky, a resident of Osceola, announced on Facebook his intentions to run for the District 21 State House seat held by incumbent Republican Tim Wesco. The district is north of Kosciusko County.
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