(Aurora, Ind.) - An Aurora city councilman running for re-election is having questions raised about his residency and whether he is able to appear on the ballot.
Brett Fehrman will be the focus of a public meeting of the Dearborn County Election Board at 11:00 AM Friday in the Juvenile Courtroom at the county courthouse, 215 W. High Street, Lawrenceburg.
Fehrman, a Republican, does not face any opposition from his party in the May primary race for City Council At-Large, but is contested in the November general election by Democrat Joe Milish.
On Friday, Aurora resident Frederick W. Stegemiller filed a challenge with the Dearborn County Clerk’s office contending that Fehrman resides outside the city limits.
“Brett says his address is 407 Manchester (Street) 3-4 nights a week, so he says,” Stegemiller wrote in the challenge. “His wife lives in county at 4792 Park Ave. He lives there 3-4 nights a week. It should be 7 period.”
Election board member and clerk of courts Phil Weaver tells Eagle 99.3 that the election board meeting will determine whether Fehrman will be a candidate.
“I’m 90 percent sure we’ll know (if Fehrman can remain on the ballot) when we leave the meeting,” Weaver said.
The two other board members – Frank Kramer and Richard Butler – both have conflicts of interest with deciding on Fehrman’s candidacy. Weaver said local attorneys Gary Sorge and Joe Johns will take Kramer and Butler’s seats while casting their own votes during the hearing.
The decision will be made up against the clock. Weaver, the county’s top election official, said he must sign off on ballot proofs by Monday, March 7 in order to meet the deadline set by the state.
If Fehrman is unable to run, Aurora Republicans will have the opportunity to caucus and select a replacement candidate after the primary election.