More names filing ahead of Democratic caucus

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – It looks like Circuit Court Judge, Wea Township Board and Wabash Township Board will get slated candidates at Saturday’s democratic caucus. Less than a week before the caucus, Tippecanoe County democrats know they will see at least three names slated to be on November’s ballot.

“Michael Childress has filed for Wea Township Board,” Tippecanoe County Board of Elections Co-Chair Brain Mangus said. “Michael Oxenrider has filed for Wabash Township Board. Judge Thomas Busch has filed his CAN-31 with the Indiana Election Division in Indianapolis.”

Judge Busch is current Superior II Court Judge, but will run against Judge Les Meade for the Circuit Court position.

Mangus said people hoping to be slated for the ballot must file paperwork with the board and Democratic Party Chairwoman Heather Maddox three days before the caucus, which this year would be Wednesday by noon.

Maddox is still considering slating people for several more spots.

“County council district four, which Andy Gutwein used to be in, and it is basically an open seat,” Maddox said. “County assessor is one, then we have several of the townships. I think Wea, Fairfield, Wabash, Lauramie and maybe Jackson.”

In a primary that saw very few Democrats, Maddox wants to see more in November, but wants to make sure they are the right people.

“There is a chance we won’t find anybody and that’s okay,” Maddox said.

Both parties need to slate their candidates by Monday, June 30. Saturday’s Democratic caucus is closed to the public. It will be at 10 a.m. at the Hanna Community Center in Lafayette.

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