Precinct committee members will make Hope replacement

Two Bartholomew County Republican precinct committee members will determine who will fill a vacancy on the Hope Town Council.

Flat Rock Township Trustee Lisa Moore and incumbent Hope Town Council member Clyde Compton will make their choice during a special caucus scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 9, County Republican Party leader Barb Hackman said.

On Monday, the day after Town Council President Paula Pollitt was found dead of natural causes in her home, it appeared that Hackman would be solely responsible for filling the vacant position.

That initial determination was made because Pollitt represented Ward 3, which roughly lies west of Maple Street in Hope.

But after spending the next few days consulting state statutes and election maps, Hackman said she will not be making the choice after all.

While most of Ward 3 consists of Precinct 4800, the southeast portion of the ward contains a section of Precinct 4900, Hackman said.

Since Pollitt was representing constituents from two different precincts, Hackman determined that the Republican committee members representing those precincts should determine Pollitt’s successor.

Hackman said she believes it is best that two Flatrock-Hawcreek area residents such as Moore and Compton make this determination for Bartholomew County’s second-largest community.

Hackman said she wants to talk with any of the 424 voters residing within Ward 3 who are interested in serving the remainder of Pollitt’s term, which expires at the end of 2016.

Meanwhile, town council members will determine a new council president when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hope Town Hall.

How to apply

Hope residents who live in the town’s Ward 3 can express their interest in being appointed to fill a vacancy on the Hope Town Board.

Prospective candidates must provide Bartholomew County Republican Party Chairwoman Hackman with a written declaration of their willingness to serve no later than 6:30 p.m. July 6.   

Contact Hackman by email at, or call her at 812-350-5124.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.