CARROLL CO., Ind. (WLFI) – An ousted Carroll County Commissioner isn’t taking no for an answer. Ron Slavens is running for Commissioner in District 1, the same seat he was forced to give up just six months ago when a judge ruled he didn’t live in his district.
Slavens tells News 18 he now is back living in his district more than he was.
He said he’s running again because of all the support he’s received in the last year.
“It was very discouraging, but it was encouraging,” said Slavens.
In March 2013, Slavens (R) found out the county council declared his seat vacant because of a lack of residency in District 1. Slavens then filed a lawsuit, saying he was removed from office without due process.
Slavens has owned a farmhouse in District 1 near Idaville since 1978. But because of a pacemaker monitor, he had been staying at a home in Delphi, outside of the district since May 2010. A judge ruled against Slavens in November.
“I had a lot of support. I’m just not saying that,” said Slavens. “I would just go somewhere and people would say they were pulling for you as we were going through the process. People I don’t even know or didn’t know would come up and say, ‘We’re for you because we think you’ve done a good job.'”
Because of that support, Slavens decided to run for commissioner again. He said he is now sleeping and spending more time at the Idaville home and only visiting the Delphi home every couple of days to check the heart monitor.
He believes he will be able to keep up with demands of a commissioner, like attending meetings and answering people’s requests.
“I could drive a truck, I don’t have any trouble, as long as I’m sitting down. If I had to walk to the problem, I could not do that but I could certainly drive a truck,” said Slavens.
By law, Slavens can run for commissioner. There’s only a few requirements Carroll County Republican Party Chairman Jamie Rough said Slavens must meet.
“You just have to live in your district, file paperwork with the county clerk, and you cannot have any felonies,” said Rough.
By meeting those requirements, Slavens said he’s ready to hit the ground running.
“The people are expressing thankfulness that I’m running again and they want me to get my commissioner’s job back and finish some of the projects I was working on and just continue to serve the people of Carroll County,” said Slavens.
Slavens is up against John Brown in the Republican primary. Brown has served as the new District 1 commissioner since last April when the party voted him in to replace Slavens.