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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 5:50 pm

Allen GOP sets caucuses for 2 seats on County Council

Journal Gazette

The Allen County Republican Party will have caucuses on Nov. 28 to fill unexpired terms of two seats on the County Council.

Party Chairman Steve Shine said Wednesday that precinct officials will meet at 6 p.m. at Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne to select successors for at-large Councilmen Justin Busch and Eric Tippmann.

A GOP caucus chose Busch in October to fill the unexpired term of retiring state Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne. Tippmann won election Tuesday to become the Perry Township trustee.

People have until 6 p.m. Nov. 25 to declare their County Council candidacies to the party. Candidates can file in one or both caucuses.

Shine said seven people already are in the running: David Barrett; Brian Bohnky, owner of Budget Blinds of Fort Wayne; former county sherriff Ken Fries; Lindsay Hannah, development director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne; Kyle Kerley, chairman of Fort Wayne's Legacy Joint Funding Committee; Southwest Allen County Schools board member Bradley Mills; and Adam Welch, economic development professional for Greater Fort Wayne Inc.