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Sixty-seven Allen County precinct committeemen and committeewomen will decide who the next Indiana House District 85 representative is.

Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven, is resigning effect Oct. 15 – in the middle of her 18th term ending in late 2014.

Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine said the state party will call a caucus to fill the vacancy, and he expects it to happen sometime between Oct. 15 and the end of that month.

Shine said there are 76 precincts in the district – of which 67 are filled. He will not fill any vacancies between Pond's resignation announcement and the caucus as to avoid stacking votes for a specific candidate.

"A lot of good people are seeking this office," he said. "A caucus is a clear and distinct political animal than a general election."

Shine said a ton of people have expressed interest in running in the caucus, and he expects more to materialize.

"Each one has an interesting story on why they want to win the caucus and or the primary that will follow soon after," he said.

Whoever wins the caucus could have an advantage in the May primary for a new term.

The Indiana Republican Party is coordinating the caucus, which will be held at the Allen County Republican Party headquarters.

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