caucus names new auditor
named a new auditor Tuesday, November 17 as they gathered to vote
on the position that will be vacated in January, 2010.
When there is a hold over office and that person runs for another
office that is not, this creates a vacancy, such as the auditors
position. McCoy ran for clerk successfully and will begin her
duties in that office in January. This leaves a year of her term
as auditor unfilled.
William Wagner of Osgood, was chosen from four candidates. The
others putting their names in the hat included Mark Busching,
Elaine Mortara, and Amber May.
Each candidate was given the opportunity to speak before the voting
process began. Wagner told those gathered he was very serious
about the job and was qualified as a business person. He noted
that he is a life-long resident of the county, with only a couple
of short stints elsewhere. He said he viewed the people of the
county as customers of the auditors office and promised
Busching noted that he has served as auditor before and brings
experience to the table. Mortara, who currently works in the auditors
office said she has worked in the office for eight years and looks
forward to serving the people to the best of her ability. May
declined to speak.
Ripley County Republican Chair Ginger Bradford explained the process
to those gathered in the circuit court room. She noted that the
person with the one over majority vote would be named auditor.
There were 25 precinct committee people voting with Wagner claiming
the majority vote, securing a win.
Your job is very important, Bradford told the precinct
contingency. She said she couldnt stress enough how important
it is for them to be involved in the political process. We
need all of you to commit yourselves to give it all youve
got, she added.
Bradford noted that the Republican party in Ripley County has
a strong womens group. She encouraged everyone to come the
meetings on the fourth Monday of the month at the Osgood Town
Hall at 6:30 p.m. She noted they have good food and a lot of fun.
Their Christmas dinner is set for December 3 at the Holton Community
Building and the Lincoln Day Dinner will be in February.
Donald Dickey, vice-chairman of the party spoke briefly encouraging
Republicans to work together and thanking those who have served
for several years such as Max and Peggy Dickson from Batesville.
He thanked all the elected officials for the job they do. He thanked
former chairman Kenny Copeland saying a wonderful lady has
taken our place, referring to Bradford.
Wagner briefly spoke at the end of the evening thanking everyone,
saying he looks forward to serving as the auditor. He further
noted he doesnt view it as a one year stint, but hopes to
be in office for the next nine years.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Pictured abpve, Republican Chairman Ginger Bradford, standing,
gets signatures before the voting process began Tuesday
night, November 17 to elect a new auditor for the 2010 year.
The voting was held in the Ripley County Circuit Court room
in the courthouse in Versailles and was a public meeting.