Two people have filed paperwork to potentially replace recently resigned County Commissioner Phil Bane.
Dan Guard and Norris “Bud” Dowden have turned in the necessary paperwork, according to County Clerk Karyn Douglas.
Dowden is a farmer from Wingate and Guard owns a lawn-care business in Crawfordsville. Guard is also the Montgomery County Republican Party Chair and a member of the Crawfordsville City Council. Dowden said his family has been in Montgomery County for four generations.
As the chair, Guard scheduled the Republican Party caucus to replace Bane for April 29 at the Crawfordsville District Public Library at 6 p.m. The meeting is not open to the public.
“I’m removing myself (from running the caucus) since I am a candidate so there’s no conflict or influence,” Guard said. He added that Vice Chair Jennifer Bentley will run the meeting instead.
The way the caucus works is all eligible candidates will have a period of time to speak to precinct committee chairs who are present. Afterward, a vote will be taken. There are 27 precincts and a simple majority is needed to win. If more than two candidates run and if a majority is not obtained by one candidate, the candidate with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated and the process will be repeated until someone wins.
Anyone wishing to run for Bane’s seat must live in District 3, basically the northwest portion of Montgomery County, including part of Crawfordsville. Dowden lives in Wingate and Guard in Crawfordsville.
If Guard were to win, he would have to resign his seat on the Crawfordsville City Council.
Bane’s term ends Dec. 31 next year.