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Councilman leaving party

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A member of the Common Council of the City of Brazil has made a move in an attempt to better serve his constituents.

Recently, Steve Lamb (Ward 3) decided to sever ties with any political party affiliation and leave the Democratic Party.

"There have been some things that have happened on all political levels -- from local to national -- which made me feel this was the right time to detach myself from political affiliations," Lamb, who is in the middle of his first term ever in political office, told The Brazil Times following Wednesday's council meeting.

Rather than become a member of the Republican, Independent or any other party, Lamb chose the route of holding a political stance independently from all political parties.

"There is the thought process out there that if you are not with a party 100 percent, you are not considered part of that party," he said. "Also, this move frees me up from having to be responsible to anyone but my constituents and -- as a member of the council -- the residents of Brazil."

Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times the move is considered official when notice of Lamb's resignation as Brazil 6 Precinct Committeeman is received by Clay County Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Broyles. Lamb told The Brazil Times he had already mailed the notice to both Broyles and the Clay County Election Office.

Mallinak added Lamb would not appear on the ballot for the 2011 Primary Election, which is the next time city elections would occur.

However, she said Lamb would have to do a little legwork to be placed on the 2011 General Election Ballot.

"To be on the ballot for the General Election, he has to get signatures from at least 2 percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous election for Secretary of State in the precincts he represents," Mallinak said.

While the exact number of signatures he would need is still up in the air due to Secretary of State being on the 2010 General Election Ballot, the total number of votes cast for that position in 2006 was 477 between Brazil Precinct 3 (321) and Brazil Precinct 6 (156). Should that total remain approximately the same, Lamb would need only 10 signatures from residents in those two precincts to appear on the 2011 General Election Ballot.

Mallinak said she believed the deadline to file the signatures would be sometime in July 2011, which is about the same time he would have to file as a write-in candidate should he be unable to gather the necessary number of signatures.

However, Lamb said he is looking forward to having a direct impact on the residents without having a political party label hanging over his head.

"I can be focused solely on the people in Brazil and my constituents," Lamb told The Brazil Times. "One person really can make a difference."

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Way to go, Steve! Too bad that far too many put toeing the "party line" ahead of their constituents and that the leadership of political parties has more influence over many an elected official than the needs of the people do.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Oct 1, 2009, at 9:39 PM

Any day anyone leaves the Democratic party is a good day. Hopefully others will wise up before our Country's values are destroyed.

-- Posted by Jolly on Fri, Oct 2, 2009, at 8:57 AM

"Any day anyone leaves the Democratic party is a good day. Hopefully others will wise up before our Country's values are destroyed."

So true.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Oct 2, 2009, at 11:43 AM

Neither party can be all things to all people. Let's end both parties and start again. Only the super rich and large corporations have a voice. That is a shameful fact. Citizens need to get back to basics. If we are not careful we will have another civil war. Our countrymen and women are getting pretty angry. I do not wish for this to happen. I remember well stories, passed down, of hardship from my ancestors who survived the war. Let us also remember the French Revolution. Things got real ugly. Do we wish this for our children. The super rich needs to really fear the common man. There awful behavior and corruption has gone on too long and we need to demand accountability. Or God help us all.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Fri, Oct 2, 2009, at 3:29 PM

This is to be considered an act of bravery, you get persecuted for far less than this in Brazil, citizens fear to use their names in the comments because it will be looked up and punishment doled out to whom they see as opposition to the flow of things. Still watching to see if the prosecutor and powers that be charge the former chief of Brazil city police with theft, any other citizen would be locked up for it at this late date, seems like they think harrison is above the law and I know he thinks he is.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 8:07 PM

No one deserves to be accused of theft without proof and then it should be decided in court by a jury of peers. Certainly not in an opinion comment space.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 11:45 PM

I read the article in this paper, I'm not accusing him of theft, the mayor, etc. found it out, so don't twist words so you can get in your comment,and that is precisely what I said, bring charges publicly so the evidence can be presented, it would if it were you, rest assured of that.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sun, Oct 4, 2009, at 12:09 PM

The Republican Party hardly owns the moral high ground. Walk into any bar in Terre Haute, Brazil, or Greencastle and you can witness the Republican's immorality.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 12:25 AM

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