2011-07-29 / Front Page

Owen Democrats To Conduct Spencer Convention August 6

Convention Votes Will Decide Candidate For Town Clerk-Treasurer
Staff Report

The Owen County Democratic Party recently announced plans to conduct a Democratic Town Convention in conjunction with this year’s Spencer municipal election on Saturday, August 6.

Each political party must conduct a town convention when more candidates than available positions for any one office have filed for the election. Currently, there are two candidates who have filed for the position of Spencer Clerk-Treasurer, Peggy Bush and current Clerk-Treasurer Cheryl Moke.

Any Democratic voter in the Town of Spencer can participate in this convention. The convention will begin at 9:30 a.m., at Owen County Democratic Party Headquarters, located at 152 East Jefferson Street in Spencer. Donuts and coffee will be served.

Folks wishing to vote in the convention must check in prior to the 9:30am start date and, in accordance with IC 3-8-5-11 concerning participation in the convention, each Democratic voter must affirm in writing, under penalties for perjury, that they are affiliated with the Democratic Party, that they had taken a Democratic ballot in the last primary election they had voted in, are a resident of the Town of Spencer, and that they are a registered voter in the Town of Spencer.

Once the convention is called to order, rules for the convention will be adopted and the candidates for which a vote will be taken will be given a limited opportunity to speak. Following that, a vote by secret ballot will be taken and the Democratic nominee for Spencer Clerk/Treasurer will be selected to appear on the November ballot.

The convention will be chaired by current Owen County Democratic Party Chairman, Anton Karl Neff.

“For folks who may not be familiar with the process of a town convention, it is the party’s version of a “primary” election for small towns,” Neff explained. “Instead of having a primary election in May, as is standard practice during regular election years, each party conducts a convention in August, if needed, to select which candidate they would like to represent the Democratic Party on the ballot in November.”

If anyone has questions about the convention or the process, they may contact Chairman Neff at chairman@owendemocrats.org or 812-829-4254.

“I do want to stress that folks who wish to vote in the convention will need to check in first, prior to the 9:30am start time. The doors to the building will be open for check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. and be closed at 9:30 a.m. No one can check in after that time,” Neff said. “After a brief adoption of convention rules and hearing from both candidates, a vote is taken at one time, all together, via secret ballot. The votes are then counted and the party’s nominee is announced.”

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