- 2 Clay County candidates, Fritz Maurer and Amos Thomas, hope to serve 44th District
Interest in the Republican nomination for the District 44 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives is heating up, according to a local Republican official.
A Republican caucus will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 2 in the Putnam County Courthouse Annex at Greencastle to fill the vacancy on the ballot created by the withdrawal of Andy Thomas, who bowed out of the race last week. Clay County Republican Party Chair Sharon Koehler named five potential candidates when asked by The Brazil Times.
Among those who have shown interest in the nomination are Fritz Maurer and Amos Thomas of Clay County; Darwyn Nelson and Ken Eitel of Putnam County; and Jim Meese of Parke County.
Koehler could not confirm whether the five had all formally filed with their county election offices. District 44 includes parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo counties and all of Putnam County.
The caucus is being called by Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark.
The Brazil Times was not able to contact Mr. Clark by press time.
Andy Thomas, a Brazil native elected to the District 44 seat in 2002 and currently serving his second term, made his withdrawal official last Monday. He wants to spend more time with his family and pursue a career in teaching.
Frank Phillips contributed to this report.