Holcomb calls for special election to fill Walorski’s vacancy

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 2:24 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WNDU) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Executive Order 22-12 on Tuesday, which calls a special election in the Second Congressional District.

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy in the office of United States Representative for the Second Congressional District due to the death of Rep. Jackie Walorski.

The special election will be held concurrently with the general election on Nov. 8.

“I really believe that both Zach and Jackie would want us to continue on to the goal of the election of November 8th. There’s a lot to be done and not a lot of days to do it,” said Vice Chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party Susan Baxmeyer .

“Well, we knew it was coming, that a special election had to happen. Obviously I think everyone is still trying to reconcile the horrific tragedy that happened last week...Everybody is questioning and speculating what will happen because this doesn’t happen often, thankfully, and we are sorry it is happening now,” said Chair of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party Diana Hess.

Meanwhile, Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer officially called two caucuses of eligible precinct committee members to separately fill ballot vacancies for the upcoming special election and the upcoming general election.

“And they will first vote for the caucus to fill the ballot vacancy for the general election...Then they will have a second caucus to select a nominee for the special election to fill out the remainder of her vacated term,” said Baxmeyer.

Generally, the Indiana Republican Party would have 30 days to fill a ballot vacancy. However, in this instance, Indiana Code requires that a certificate of nomination be submitted to the Indiana Election Division no later than 12 p.m. on Aug. 26.

The caucuses will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20, at Grissom Middle School, which is located at 13881 Kern Road in St. Joseph County.

Click HERE to view the executive order.

Click HERE for more information on the special election.

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