Despite a challenge to one candidacy, Wayne County’s election board voted to allow two candidates to run for Milton clerk-treasurer.
The election board met Friday, Aug. 18, to hear a challenge to Amy Suzanne Smith’s candidacy. Smith filed to run against Milton’s incumbent clerk, Terry Craig, who also is a Republican. The challenge, which was based on her voting record, failed.
Milton’s Republican voters are invited to a convention at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, to choose which clerk candidate they prefer. They will gather at town hall, 101 N. Central Ave.
At the convention, Milton Republicans also are to narrow the six Republicans running for five at-large town council seats to five GOP candidates.
Election procedures differ between Indiana towns and cities, based on their population.
Instead of having a primary election as cities do, when more than one person from the same party is running for the same office in towns like Milton, the political party conducts a convention to narrow the field.
Voting during a convention is restricted to town residents who are registered to vote and have voted under the party that is conducting the convention.
After their selection at the convention, Milton’s five GOP council candidates then will face a Democrat on the ballot in November. Milton voters can pick a total of five council candidates.
Cambridge City and Richmond also will conduct fall elections, but no other Wayne County communities have contested races for the upcoming election.
For more information about registering to vote or updating a registration before the Oct. 10 deadline, call the county voter registration office at 765-973-9304, visit the courthouse, 301 E. Main St., Richmond, or access co.wayne.in.us/clerk/votersreg.html.
Wayne County voters can begin voting Oct. 11 at the courthouse before Election Day on Nov. 7. Vote center hours and locations are still being finalized.
A version of this article appeared in the August 23 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.