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Upcoming Election to fill Lewisport Magistrate Seat; Governor to appoint in Meantime


John Garner, former Lewisport Chief of Police, resigned from the Lewisport District (Dist. 1) Magistrate seat recently and will be serving as a School Resource Officer (SRO) for Hancock County Schools.

When Garner turned in his resignation, HC Clerk Trina Ogle and Judge-Executive Roberts each sent a notice of vacancy of office to the Governor’s office. They were told that there isn’t an exact time frame for appointments, but the position will be filled promptly upon review of qualified candidates.

The apointee will hold the office until a candidate is elected at the General Election on November 5th, 2024. The newly elected individual will take office immediately and fill the unexpired term.

The Democrat and Republican party’s executive committees will each nominate a candidate to appear on the ballot. Independent Candidates may pick up the nomination forms at the Clerk’s office. The nomination form must be submitted by the June 4th, 2024 filing deadline to be voted on in November.

Any qualified individual may run as a write-in candidate as long as they file a declaration on intent in the Clerk’s office by October 25th, but their name will not appear on the ballot. It will be up to the voter to write the candidate’s name on the ballot next to the coordinating office. Only votes for candidates whom have filed the proper write-in filing paper will be counted.

HC Republican Party 

The Republican party in Hancock County met on Tuesday evening, February 20th at the HC Career Center and appointed a new Executive Committee. Their second meeting will be on February 28th at 9 a.m. at the Career Center to gather the names of possible candidates, and a subsequent public meeting will be held on March 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the Career Center to decide who that candidate will be.

HC Democrat Party

The Democrat Party in Hancock County has scheduled the first meeting in this process for February 28th at 6:00 p.m., at the HC Career Center. There will be discussion at this meeting on how they will proceed with choosing a nominee to appear on the ballot. It will be an open meeting and any registered democrat from anywhere in the county is welcome to attend. Any registered democrat that lives in the Lewisport District that wants to be considered as the nominee is encouraged to attend.

A subsequent public meeting will then be held. All democrat candidates wishing to be considered will attend this next meeting and a question and answer session will be conducted. This will be open to the public and all registered democrat citizens living in the Lewisport District are encouraged to attend and make their thoughts on this process known, especially because this will affect their district.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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