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Republican caucus will fill local governmental vacancies

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Greene County Republican Party will conduct a caucus Dec. 20 to fill a pair of vacancies on local governmental bodies.

The caucus of the precinct committeemen and vice committeemen from Jefferson Precinct 1 will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield House Authority's Hi-Rise building on West Main St. to select a successor to fill the remainder of the term for Worthington Town Council member Gregg Roudebush.

At 6 p.m., party officials will vote to fill the District 1 Greene County Council seat now held by Ed Michael.

Michael has resigned, effective Dec. 31. He was elected to the District 1 Commissioner's seat in November and will take his new position starting Jan. 1, 2013.

Interestingly, Roudebush serves as Jefferson Precinct 1 committeeman and his wife, Susan, is the vice committeeman and they will be selecting the person to fill that council seat, according to Greene County Republican Central Committee Vice Chairman Pam Yoho.

Yoho said one applicant -- former council member Mike McCafferty -- has expressed interest the seat.

Yoho explained that in 2008 the local GOP party started allowing the vice precinct committeemen to have a vote in party caucuses.

There was discussion at Tuesday night's Worthington Town Council meeting debating whether Roudebush had followed through properly with the resignation process.

He submitted a letter of resignation to the town council on Nov. 13 -- one week after winning an at-large seat on the Greene County Council -- that is effective Dec. 31.

Roudebush submitted the notice to the party chairman Otto Prow about Dec. 1.

Clerk-Treasurer Gloria Klass was of the opinion that Roudebush was also required to submit a letter of resignation to the Greene County Voter Registration office to make it official.

However, Yoho said she checked with state election officials in the Secretary of State's office and an elected official is only required to submit a letter of resignation to the governmental body on which he or she serves and also a copy needs to go to the county party chairman.

"It's a courtesy to send it to the courthouse, but it's not required," Yoho told the Greene County Daily World on Wednesday morning.

Yoho said there are three announced candidates for the council site -- Bob Kirk of Bloomfield, Joe Huntington of Bloomfield, and Brian Kollmeyer of rural Bloomfield.

Those voting for this position include:

* Beech Creek 1 Precinct -- Otto and Darlene Prow.

* Beech Creek 2 Precinct -- Lavon and Pat Yoho.

* Highland Township Precinct -- Willard and Sally Neill.

* Richland 1 Precinct -- Warren and Paula Barlett.

* Richland 2 Precinct -- Randal and Susan Brown.

* Richland 3 Precinct -- Betty Dean and Pam Allen.

* Richland 4 Precinct -- Eddie Vest and Mark Wilson.

* Fairplay Township Precinct -- Matt and Lori Ubelhor.

Potential candidates for the county council and the Worthington Council seats have 72 hours before the caucus or until the end of the day on Monday to contact the Republican party chairman to announce their intentions to be on the caucus ballot, according to Yoho.

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