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.