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 Knightstown Election Board Begins Work on Nov. 6 Vote

September 19, 2007 - Convening for the first time in at least two decades, the Knightstown Election Board met last Thursday to begin sorting out how the town's November 6 election will be conducted.

Voters in Knightstown will be treated this fall to something they likely haven't had since the 1980s: choices. With a total of seven candidates vying for three town council seats, the responsibility for setting up what is believed to be the first town council election in at least 20 years rests on the shoulders of three people.

The Knightstown Election board consists of the town's clerk-treasurer, Judy Haines, and the local chairmen of the Republican and Democrat parties, Randy Riggs and Marion Adkins. The board held its first meeting September 13 and is scheduled to meet again tomorrow morning.

At the outset of last week's meeting, Adkins was appointed chairman of the election board. Members agreed that Knightstown Town Hall will be the only polling place for the election and that votes will be cast by paper ballots.

Haines provided the other two members with copies of statutes and other materials that explain the powers and responsibilities of the election board. Riggs and Adkins both said they wanted time to review these materials before further decisions were made. "There's a lot in here," said Riggs. "We'll need to go over all that pretty thoroughly."

In this fall's election, the town council's three Republican incumbents are facing challenges from three independent candidates and one Libertarian. Council President David Glenn is being challenged by independent Terry Guerin for the council's Ward 4 seat, while the other two independents, Clyde South and Robert Webber, are taking on, respectively, Council Vice President Nate Hamilton and council member Cort Swincher for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 seats. The Ward 3 ballot will also include Libertarian candidate Bryan J. Miller.

Although Knightstown's clerk-treasurer and town court judge positions were also up for election this year, no one ran against the two incumbents. As a result, those positions will not be on the November 6 ballot, and Haines and Judge Hayden Butler, both Republicans, will keep their respective offices another four years.

Thursday's election board meeting begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. It will be held in the town council's meeting room, which may be entered on the east side of Knightstown Town Hall, 26 S. Washington St.

(The Banner recently sent questionnaires to candidates running for Knightstown Town Council, as well as those seeking office in Carthage and Kennard. Candidate profiles will be published in the weeks approaching November 6. - Ed.)

 

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