Brown holds Republican seat for Carroll Co. Commissioner, Dist. 1

CARROLL CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Incumbent John Brown wins the Republican primary for Carroll County Commissioner, District 1.

John Brown received 64.94 percent of the vote, and opponent Ron Slavens ended up with 35.06 percent.

As News 18 previously reported, Ron Slavens was ousted from his Carroll County Commissioner seat six months ago. He was forced to give up his position on District 1 when a judge ruled he did not live in the district.

That’s when Slavens found out the Carroll County Council declared his seat vacant because they said he no longer lived in his district due to health issues. Slavens then filed a lawsuit saying he was removed from office without due process.

Slavens has owned a farmhouse in Carroll County’s District 1 in Idaville since 1978 and had been serving as as District 1 Commissioner. But because of a pacemaker monitor, he had been staying at a home in Delphi outside of District 1 since May 2010.

After his seat was declared vacant, the Republican Party voted in John Brown to replace him.

News 18’s Brittany Tyner spoke with both candidates after the results and both men say it’s time to move on.

“I personally want to thank everybody in Carroll County that voted, the voters of Carroll County for their supporting me,” said Brown. “I promise to do the best I can for them in the future. We’ve had a bad situation in Carroll County and it’s time to move on and work together.”

Slavens said he was disappointed with the results.

“I’m a little bit disappointed,” said Slavens. “We had a lot of positive feedback today as we were standing at the voting stations, but apparently, we didn’t hear everything.”

John Brown has served as the Commissioner of District 1 since April of 2013.

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