Dayton candidates face Election Board challenge from wife of council member
Challenges two candidates over filing paperwork, looks to ‘expose’ them ahead of November election. Candidates say they’re ready to defend themselves
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DAYTON CANDIDATES FACE ELECTION BOARD CHALLENGE
The first salvo in this year’s Dayton Town Council election comes Thursday morning, when the Tippecanoe County Election Board hears a challenge lodged against two candidates running in the town of 1,500 people, just east of Lafayette.
Cindy Marsh, the wife of a longtime town council member Ron Koehler, filed challenges in late-August against Joy Tischer and Rocky Richards, two of eight candidates running for five at-large seats on the Dayton Town Council. Of the four, Koehler and three other town board members are running as a team for re-election.
Marsh contends there were a handful of deficiencies in Tischer’s and Richards’ candidate paperwork they filed over the summer – including late of missing campaign finance reports, an improper mailing address, inadequate details about business holdings and missing signatures on nomination petitions – that should disqualify them from the Nov. 7 ballot.
More than that, Marsh said Wednesday that she’s most interested in stopping candidates and their backers who are “endlessly trying to discredit and cause chaos” for the current board, dating to turmoil that reaches back before the previous election in 2019.
“I don’t really care if I win or lose,” Marsh said about Thursday’s Election Board hearing. “I want to expose the con that's being pulled on the people of Dayton. It's just such a frustration to me that someone would try to undermine our election like this by bringing in pawns – I don't know any other word for it – just to try to fill a seat.”
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