Editor’s Note: Gordon Baker confirmed to InkFreeNews on Tuesday, Aug. 15, that he has chosen to drop out of the town council race in Pierceton. However, per the Kosciusko County Clerk’s Office, since the deadline has passed to officially drop out of the conventions, he is still technically a candidate for Pierceton’s.
WARSAW — People may vote in town conventions set for this week in Claypool, Pierceton and Sidney.
Per Indiana election law, the conventions will need to be held as more Republicans filed for positions available in Claypool and Pierceton and more Democrats for spots open in Sidney.
In Claypool’s GOP convention, set to start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Claypool Lions Building, voters will select between Miranda N. Stage and Nicole Miller for clerk-treasurer.
Up for election in Pierceton are Republican clerk-treasurer candidates Myra Mast and Jerry F. Kreger. Voters also will choose among Republican candidates Chauncey Smith, Steven “Eric” Trump, Glenn E. Hall, Matthew Brubaker and Greg Chism.
Pierceton’s convention is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, in the Pierceton Community Building.
Sidney’s Democratic convention will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the community room adjacent to the fire station. Up for election are town council candidates Jack Wolfe, Brandon Allen, Rebecca Adams and Gavin Parrett.
Each candidate will have time to speak before votes are taken at the conventions.
People must be registered voters living in the three towns to vote in the conventions. However, they don’t have to necessarily be Republicans to vote in the Claypool and Pierceton conventions or Democrats for the Sidney one.
All voters will be asked to affirm or swear the following at the conventions: that, for Claypool and Pierceton, they either voted as a Republican in the last primary election they participated in and voted for a majority of Republicans in the last regular election in 2022 or plan to vote primarily Republican in the 2023 election.
For Sidney’s convention, they must affirm either they voted as a Democrat in the last primary election in 2022 and voted for a majority of Democrats in the last regular election in 2022 or plan to vote primarily for Democrats in the 2023 election.
As no candidates from other political parties have filed to run for election in Pierceton, the three chosen for the council and one for clerk-treasurer at Thursday’s convention will take on those roles in 2024.
The clerk-treasurer candidate selected in Claypool will go up in the general election in November against Libertarian candidate Patricia Warner.
For Sidney, the three town council candidates chosen Saturday will go to a general election in November against Republican Sharon Rancourt.
Below are articles done on some of the candidates: