Board denies challenge to Rutan, who stays on the ballot

It took only minutes on Tuesday for the Bartholomew County Election Board to deny a challenge made to a candidate running for Columbus City Council.

The challenge against former Democrat-turned-Republican Chris Rutan, who is seeking a District 1 Columbus City Council seat in May’s primary, was filed Feb. 8 by William Tapscott, 1036 Chestnut St.

Tuesday’s unanimous denial of Tapscott’s challenge by the three-member election board means Rutan can take on incumbent Republican councilman Dascal Bunch in the May primary.

What Tapscott was requesting in his challenge was out of the election board’s jurisdiction, board president Jim Holland said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.