Hackler wins caucus

St. Joseph Mayor B.J. Hackler will run for mayor in April.

Hackler, Trustees Bob Rigdon, Aric Silver and Tony Spurlock all took part in the caucus.
Former St. Joseph Parks and Recreation Director Lexi Hartman also competed for the mayor nomination.
The Republican caucus took place at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall on Tuesday.

The democratic took place at 7 p.m. at the Village Annex.

Clerk Tiffany McElroy-Smetzer served as clerk for the republican caucus.

Greg Knott served as chairperson and Bonnie Hitt served as moderator.

The caucus was called to order and the minutes from the previous caucus were reviewed.
Nominations were then accepted.

Hackler and Hartman were nominated for mayor.

Silver, Rigdon and Spurlock were nominated for trustee.

Hartman told those in attendance that she was running to increase communication between the village and residents.
"Part of the problem is a lot of people don't get involved," she said. "The number one problem is a lack of communication. If I am in that will happen."

Hartman said she knows a lot of people and was sure she could make things happen.
Hackler told those in attendance that he has been mayor since 1981 and has enjoyed the job. He also pointed out that he knows how municipal laws and state laws work.  He referenced the Sports Complex, Main Street work and the sewer plant as some of his accomplishments while in office.

 He urged those in attendance to think about where the village was previously, where it is now and where they want to see it go before casting their vote.
Spurlock told those in attendance that he wanted to work with someone who was dedicated to service the way Hackler was.
"It's been a great privilege to serve," he said. "We are moving forward. St. Joseph has a bright future and it is exciting to be part of that."

Silver said the current board has done a lot of great things and the goal was to keep St. Joseph a nice community for people to raise their families in.

Those in attendance then cast a secret ballot.

Caucus judges counted the ballots.

One hundred and nine people voted in total.

Spurlock, Rigdon and Silver were nominated for the trustee positions. Hackler received 83 votes and Hartman received 26.
McElroy-Smetzer said law states only those who voted republican in the previous primary may vote at a republican caucus. She also said that once a person signs up to participate in the caucus as a republican the law prevents them from running as an independent.

At the Ogden caucus, Mayor Jack Reidner was once again nominated for mayor.
He will run in April with Trustees Sonja Vickers, Mike Redenbaugh and Daniel Bruce. Rosanne Reidner will run for village clerk. The election will take place on April 9.


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