Knox County Republicans will caucus next month to elect someone to fill the remaining year in county councilman Randy Crismore’s term following his sudden death just over a week ago.

The party’s vice-chair, David Shelton, on Thursday announced that, while still very much grieving Crismore’s loss, they are proceeding with a caucus to decide who will take his place on the county council. Republicans will caucus at 6 p.m. on May 12 at City Hall, 201 Vigo St., to cast ballots and choose a replacement.

So far, only Crismore’s wife, Mary Crismore, a long-time employee of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial until her retirement last fall, has filed to seek the District 1 seat. And Shelton said local Republicans would be more than pleased to have her.

“We all feel Mary would be a good choice,” Shelton said. “She’s been active in party functions for a long time.

“It’s going to be hard to find somebody to fill Randy’s shoes, but possibly having his wife do it, that just makes the job easier for us. She’s ‘in the know,’ had a great relationship with her husband and, as a result, has an intimate knowledge of county business.”

That said, the party is still taking letters of interest from anyone else living in District 1 who would like to throw their hat into the ring.

Necessary forms must be completed and returned at least 72 hours prior to the caucus. That paperwork is now available at the clerk’s office in the courthouse, Shelton said.

Completed forms must then be mailed to Republican Party Chair Linda Painter at 303 Whitson Drive, Vincennes, IN, 47591.

The caucus will be closed to the public, and only those committeemen living in Precincts 1-3, 5 and 6 will be allowed to cast ballots.

Crismore retired after 33 years on the Vincennes Police Department then, in 2010, ran for and won the District 1 seat. His most recent term is set to expire at the end of 2022. Crismore also worked at the Knox County Public Library.

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