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|Caucus Process for County Board Seats Explained
|The Knox County Democratic Party will be responsible for submitting names to the Knox County Board to fill voids left by two recent resignations on the county board.
Thursday night, the board accepted the resignation of District 3 Democrat Dale Parsons who's leaving his seat after more than a decade of service. Knox County Board Chair Greg 'Chops' Bacon says Parsons cited a lack of time to devote to board activities. Parsons is currently the interim director of the Stone - Hayes Center for Independent Living.
The county board also heard and accepted the resignation of District 1 Democrat C.B. 'Bernie' Damm who said he is leaving his seat, effective immediately, for what he called professional considerations since he will be moving out of Knox County.
Knox County Democratic Party Chair Norm Winick tells WGIL his group only selects a name, and brings that persons name to the board for approval.
"It is the Chairman's pick," Winick said. "We would hope he would go along with who we would recommend. But it is only that -- a recommendation. At that point, the Chairman makes a selection. If the board approves the person, they would serve until the next election, just the remainder of the term."
Winick said he's not exactly sure when the caucus will take place but said he'd like for the party to come up with the names before the county board meets the last Wednesday in August.
Winick said some conditions eliminate individuals from being considered including if it's a federal employee, or someone who works at a business that directly deals with the county board.
He said the group will make an effort to provide people in the respective districts with someone who can represent them well.
|07 29 09 by Newsroom
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