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November 5, 2013

Tipton plan commission member will stay

Despite ouster request, Diamond determined to be independent

(Continued)

“We’re being shut out as the Democrat Party,” Smeltzer said. “I feel the people I have who are willing would be able to serve.”

She said Lynn has never voted in a primary election and it’s in her discretion as party chairman to declare him a Democrat.

“In this county they know who is a Democrat,” she said.

Smeltzer said both Giles and Lynn would look beyond the wind farm issue to do what is best for Tipton County.

Commissioner Joe VanBibber said he wished he had done more due diligence prior to Diamond’s appointment in April, but added Diamond was a Democrat on the library board.

He said anyone interested in serving on the plan commission should contact the chairman and the plan commission will make a recommendation to the commissioners.

VanBibber said the only way to remove a member is through a resignation or the finding of “cause,” but there is no definition of what “cause” implies.

John Brooke, Tipton County attorney, said state law does not say the commission must be made up of Democrats or Republicans.

“They could be three members of the Libertarian Party,” he said.

Brooke said there is no case law in Indiana on how the statute concerning political affiliation applies so its interpretation is up to the commissioners.

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