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Union leader likely to win Lake seat on RDA

Updated: April 8, 2013 7:17PM



CROWN POINT — Lake County officials are looking to tap a local union leader to become their representative on the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

Randy Palmateer, business manager for the Northwestern Indiana Building Trades Council, received a unanimous nod last week by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

A Crown Point resident, Palmateer, 34, must also receive at least three of seven votes from the Lake County Council to secure the seat.

Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, said the county advertised for volunteers to fill the seat but received little response. Palmateer’s application was the only one received.

Palmateer currently sits on the Crown Point Board of Public Works and is also a Democratic precinct committeeman.

The Lake County Council is expected to approve the appointment Tuesday. If approved he will replace Lou Martinez of Griffith, who has been the county’s representative on the RDA since it began in 2005.



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