Dara Johnson

Dara Johnson

Precinct committee members from the Howard County Democratic Party voted Tuesday night to approve Dara Johnson as the replacement for recently resigned Kokomo Common Councilman Steve Whikehart.

Party officials expect Johnson to be sworn in to the position in time for the council's next meeting, June 10.

Johnson will fill the at-large seat formerly occupied by Whikehart, whose resignation took effect May 23, through the remainder of 2019.

“This is my trial run to see if I’m made for politics,” said Johnson in a previous interview. “I’m just going to get my feet wet and see what happens.”

The council's three at-large seats will then be filled in January by the winners of November's general election.

Those at-large seats will play a prominent role in the fall municipal election, with two Democrats, Common Council President Bob Hayes and Vice President Mike Kennedy, seeking re-election. They are joined on the ticket by Democratic newcomer Matt Sedam.

Running on the Republican side are Kara Kitts-McKibben, Matthew Grecu and Tony Stewart.

The top three-vote getters in the six-person race will win the at-large positions.

Johnson has been involved with the city’s Human Rights Commission, along with the Kokomo Housing Authority, Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and Indiana Black Expo.

She is also secretary of the Howard County Democratic Party.

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gmyerskt.

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George Myers covers city and county government. He joined the Kokomo Tribune on November 18, 2014.