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Candidate chosen in pair of township races

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

With only two spots up for grabs, Tuesday's Primary Election was relatively quiet for those in township races.

Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times while some races for township boards have more than one candidate in a particular political party, they are only contested in the Primary when there are more than three.

"Unless there are more than three candidates in the same party running for a township board, they all move on to the General Election," Mallinak said.

With none of the township board races having more than three candidates in the same political party, all candidates in those races obtained an automatic spot on the General Election ballot.

However, the Democratic candidate for Brazil Township Trustee and Republican candidate for Van Buren Township Trustee were decided during the Primary.

Vickie Lawhorn nabbed a spot on the General Election ballot by defeating incumbent Marcia Tozer with a 216-190 margin to be the Democratic candidate for Brazil Township Trustee.

In the Van Buren Township Trustee race, a 299-92 vote came out in favor of Charles J. (Jeff) Thompson over incumbent Paul H. Hackett on the Republican ticket.

Both Lawhorn and Thompson are currently unopposed in the General Election, but that could change in the next seven weeks.

Political parties have until June 30 to conduct a caucus to fill any ballot vacancies, of which many exist following the Primary Election. Parties may caucus in one candidate for an open trustee position, and up to three candidates for the board, depending on the number of vacancies in any given township.

The largest voids are in Lewis and Washington townships, in which there were no candidate filings for the trustee or board positions in both townships.

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