Caucus For Winona Lake Clerk-Treasurer Set For Jan. 17

A caucus has been scheduled for the Winona Lake clerk-treasurer position.

Kent Adams served as the town’s clerk-treasurer since 2012, but he died Dec. 19 at 85.

Republican Party Central Committee Chair Mike Ragan said the caucus will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 at the Winona Lake Town Hall.

Anyone seeking to fill the position must be a Republican in good standing and a resident within the town limits.

Declarations of candidacy are available at the office of the Kosciusko County Clerk of the Circuit Court, 121 N. Lake St., Warsaw, and must be filed with Ragan no later than 72 hours prior to the commencement of the caucus.

Eligible members of the caucus are the Republican precinct committee members of Winona Lake who have served continuously from 30 days prior to the date of the commencement of the caucus.

The Winona Lake Council member shall be elected by secret ballot of the majority of the members of the voting caucus to fill the vacancy in the office.

Candidates will be allowed a maximum of three minutes to address the voting caucus.

Adams is the second Winona Lake elected official to die in 2021. Councilman Jim Zachary died Aug. 17 at 39 years old. When an elected official dies in office, a caucus must be called to replace them within 30 days of when the county clerk is officially notified.

Among the many positions Adams has held in his lifetime were the county treasurer, an FBI agent, an Indiana State Police trooper, a Warsaw Community Schools teacher, coach and school board member, among many others. His funeral services were Sunday.