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Porter County GOP complains about Dem signs

Updated: May 12, 2014 6:32AM



VALPARAISO — The attorney for the Porter County Election Board will review four Democratic candidates’ signs after an official with the county’s Republican party said they didn’t meet state statute.

Kenard Taylor, executive director of the Porter County Republican Party, told the board earlier this week that the candidates’ signs don’t say “elect” or “for” and then the office they are running for.

“They are presenting themselves as the current officeholder of that position when they do not hold that office,” Taylor said.

The four Democratic primary hopefuls are Kathy Kozuszek, who is running for clerk; Scott Williams, seeking the recorder’s spot; Alta Neri, for Portage Township assessor; and David Reynolds, for sheriff.

“I just ask you to have them correct their signs,” Taylor said, adding the violation is subject to fines but he was not asking for those to be assessed.

Board president David Bengs, a Republican, asked board attorney Ethan Lowe to review the signs and issue the candidates letters asking that they rectify the matter.

Reynolds, who previously served two terms as sheriff, said when he designed his large red signs in the fall, he had an attorney look over them, and he’s not misrepresenting himself.

“In no way can you infer, in my opinion or anybody else’s, that I’m sheriff,” he said Thursday.

The signs don’t say “Sheriff Reynolds,” he said, but have his last name in large letters, then the word “sheriff,” with a white line in between them. He said he’s not misrepresenting himself when he goes door-to-door, or on his signs.

“We don’t feel we’re in violation,” he said, adding he believes he’s in “complete compliance” with state statute.

Still, if the election board says he’s in violation, he will fix his signs.

“I don’t think it’s an issue,” he said.



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