J.R. Holdcraft (center) with Dearborn County Democrat Party Chairman Jake Hoog and Secretary Ruth Ann Batta following his selection to Lawrenceburg City Council.
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(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A vacant seat on Lawrenceburg City Council has been filled by a former councilman.
J.R. Holdcraft was elected to fill the Council At-Large vacancy during a Democrat caucus at the Lawrenceburg Public Library Wednesday night. Committeemen from Lawrenceburg’s four voting precincts needed three rounds of voting to settle on Holdcraft, eventually electing him on a 3-1 vote.
Holdcraft will serve the remainder of Doug Taylor’s term through 2015. Taylor resigned from council last month as part of a deferred prosecution agreement relating to criminal charges of Official Misconduct and Ghost Employment.
Holdcraft is a former city councilman and vice mayor to former mayor Bill Cunningham, who was one of the four committee people casting a vote.
“J.R. has served the city well,” Cunningham said.
Holdcraft lost his council seat after running for mayor in the 2011 election. He lost the Democrat mayoral primary to current mayor Dennis Carr, then attempted to stay on council by running as an independent candidate for his council seat, but lost the election.
Holdcraft had moved to Florida briefly following his election defeat. During questioning from the precinct committee people, Jane Pope asked about his decision to run as an independent.
“I wanted to keep (the council seat),” Holdcraft told the caucus.
Holdcraft said he’ll probably run to keep the At-Large seat in 2015. He will be sworn in by Dearborn County Clerk of Courts Rick Probst on April 15.
Nine other candidates filed for the council vacancy. They were Randy Abner, Donnie Bryant, Allan “Mooch” Callaway, Tim Dennings, April Fritsch, Brett Hamilton, Mike Kennedy, Tom Rogers, and Paul Seymour, Sr.
"You're all good candidates as far as I'm concerned," Dearborn County Democrat Party Chairman Jake Hoog said following the vote. He asked those candidates to consider running for county offices in 2014.