Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Caucus Information for Surveyor Vacancy

The Harrison County Republican Central Committee will caucus on Friday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Circuit Courtroom in the Courthouse in Corydon for the purposes of filling the vacancy created by the passing of Harrison County Surveyor Tom Bube.

Only precinct committeepersons may vote in this caucus. Precinct vice committeepersons may vote as proxies for their absent precinct committeeperson.

Voting will be by private ballot and will continue until one candidate has reached a majority of the precinct committeemen and proxies that are present.
Indiana law empowers the county chairman to break a tie if one exists, but the county chairman will not be exercising this authority. Voting will continue until the tie is broken by the committeemen and their proxies.

Once the caucus has selected who will fill the vacancy, the county chairman will certify the result to the circuit court clerk. Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Tad Whitis will be on hand that evening to swear in whoever is chosen to fill the vacancy.

Individuals interested in seeking the vacancy must file a declaration of candidacy with Harrison County Republican Party Chairman Scott Fluhr no later than 72 hours before the caucus, in this case by Tuesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Candidates must be able to complete a written questionnaire and present themselves for interviews by an interview committee composed of precinct committeemen on the evenings of either Wednesday, July 21, or Thursday, July 22.

The interview committee will not make any selections or recommendations, but will report to the caucus on their interviews. The committee itself was selected at a meeting of precinct committeemen on Monday, July 12.

The caucus meeting on the evening of July 23 will be open to the public.

Even though the law mandates us to select someone to fill Tom’s office and complete his term, we can never truly replace him. He leaves immense shoes behind and the void created by his departure will never be completely filled. We must select someone who, by their dealings with the public and their relentless work ethic, does Tom proud in their time filling out the remainder of the term.