Carol Ann Seaton seeking Lake Council seat
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 January 29, 2014 3:50PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:17PM
CROWN POINT — Carol Ann Seaton, the Democrat whose county assessor candidacy ignited a residency firestorm in 2010, is running for a seat on the Lake County Council.
Seaton, who said she lives in the 2300 block of Adams Street in Gary, has filed for the 2nd District seat held by incumbent Elsie Franklin, who’s also running again.
In May 2010, Seaton rose from relative obscurity to win the Democratic nomination for county assessor over the favorite, Ross Township Assessor Randall Guernsey.
A short time later, the Post-Tribune published a story saying Seaton held Michigan and Indiana driver’s licenses and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles suspended her driver’s license after it found out. The newspaper discovered a Ford sedan with a Michigan plate — SEATON — parked in a drive at her Adams Street address.
Seaton, who was on the county’s Property Tax Board of Appeals, bristled at residency questions, saying at the time: “People are so upset with my winning that this is the best thing they can come up with against me? Bless (their) heart.”
Hank Adams edged Seaton in the general election, becoming the first Republican to win countywide office since the 1950s.
Meanwhile, Seaton was charged with failing to register her vehicle with the state, a Class B misdemeanor. Her next appearance is Feb. 27.
Questions also arose over property tax exemptions Seaton took on the Adams Street house. The county sought back taxes because they said the signature on application forms had apparently been forged.