Complaint filed over use of the term ‘re-elect’ in coroner’s race

The term "re-elect" has come into question in a complaint filed against incumbent coroner Tyler Huffer. One of the campaign yard sign is pictured along Main Street in Warsaw. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — A dispute has arisen in the Republican race for Kosciusko County coroner.

The issue has to do with campaign yard signs posted by incumbent coroner Tyler Huffer who was appointed by a GOP caucus to replace Tony Ciriello when he was appointed to county council in 2022.

The yard signs include the words “re-elect” — as in re-elect Tyler Huffer, but fellow Republican Julia Goon, a longtime Prairie Township Trustee, objects to that term.

She said she considers it a fraudulent misrepresentation and that she thinks the signs need to be taken down.

“Whether this makes any difference or not, I don’t know — it’s just the principle of the matter — it is not right. He is not being re-elected,” Goon said.

He said he was told it was OK and that he looks forward to hearing from the election board.

“I was elected by the caucus and I’m running for re-election,” Huffer said on Sunday.

Huffer said he’s using upward of 300 yard signs and ten extra-large signs for the campaign.

Huffer faces Tracy Cutler-Wilson in the May Primary.

A hearing on the matter by the county election board is set for 10 a.m. April 10.

Election Day is May 7.