TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — In a hearing held Monday concerning the Vigo County Treasurer’s race, Special Judge Robert Pell ordered both parties to submit additional findings by noon on Friday.
In the case, current treasurer Nancy Allsup filed a court petition against treasurer-elect Josie Swalls-Thomson. Swalls-Thompson won the treasurer’s seat with 51.6% of the vote over Democratic candidate Allsup, but Allsup’s petition claims the winner does not meet residency requirements. She she is a resident of Florida, Allsup argues, not Vigo County.
Swalls-Thompson has denied the allegation. She released a statement reading, “I strongly plan to defend my election and clear up any confusion over a Florida property I purchased in 2013 prior to my marriage.”
The case was filed in Vigo County civil court Nov. 12. After Judge Sarah Mullican recused herself, citing a conflict of interest, Judge Lakshmi “Lucky” Reddy appointed Pell.
The case is one of two that have challenged Vigo County election results. In the other, James Bramble was last week named the winner of the Vigo County Auditor’s position when Rebecca Coleman, agreed that past felony convictions made her ineligible to hold office.