Special judge appointed in Vigo County treasurer’s race challenge

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A special judge has been appointed in a lawsuit challenging the recent Vigo County treasurer election results.

Clay Superior Court Judge Robert A. Pell will hear the case in which treasurer-elect Josie Swalls-Thompson has been accused of not meeting residency requirements.

Thompson won the treasurer’s seat with 51.6% of the vote over Democrat candidate Nancy Allsup; however, Allsup claims Swalls-Thompson is a resident of Florida not Vigo County. A court petition filed by Allsup, alleges Swalls-Thompson used a homestead exemption on a property in Fort Myers.

Swalls-Thompson denied the allegation stating, “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.

A second challenge to Vigo County election results is also making its way through the court system. Republican candidate Rebecca Coleman was elected as Vigo County auditor; however, Democrat challenger James Bramble alleged in court documents that a criminal conviction from the late 90s should disqualify her from taking office.

A hearing in the Coleman case is scheduled for Nov. 30.

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