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Columbus Republicans will choose a new City Council member Monday night from among the eight candidates vying to fill the at-large seat vacated by Aaron Hankins.
Bartholomew County Republican Party Chairwoman Barb Hackman said that all eight candidates met the 5:30 p.m. Friday filing deadline and the qualifications: They must be a Republican resident of the city.
Hankins stepped down last month to take a job out of the area after about 19 months in office. Because the vacancy is in an at-large seat, applicants can be from anywhere in the city. The city of Columbus has precincts in Columbus, Clay, Flatrock, Wayne and Harrison townships.
The candidates are:
Hackman said she was pleased with the number of candidates who declared for the open seat.
“I think this really says something about the community that they are willing to step up,” Hackman said.
Each candidate will be given two minutes to make their case to the party caucus Monday night, Hackman said. Then a series of votes will be conducted, with the low vote-getter in each round eliminated until a candidate receives a majority of the votes.
In a similar process, Columbus Township Republicans chose Ben Jackson as township trustee in June to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Fred Barkes. Elizabethtown Republicans held a caucus in July to choose Shannon Henson to fill the unexpired term of council member Eric Peery, who resigned for family reasons.
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