A bombshell was dropped Tuesday when Michael R. Marshall, a longtime Jennings County Democratic Party official and volunteer, filed as an independent candidate for mayor of North Vernon.
Marshall told the Plain Dealer he decided to run as an independent candidate for mayor because of his opposition to some aspects of North Vernon's Stellar Community pojects, such as the closing of Short Street.
"We were lied to about Short Street, Marshall said. "I am not only a business owner affected by it, I own property and live there. I've been here for 26 years.'
"Nevertheless, I plan to run a positive campaign and give voters a third option," he added.
The filing came as a surprise to Karen Snyder.
"I don't know why Mike filed for office. He hasn't talked to us," said Snyder, Jennings County Democratic Party chair. "He has a right to do that, though, and that is a freedom I appreciate."
There is some question as to whether or not Marshall can run for office. His conviction on three counts of voter fraud in 2013 may preclude him from being on the ballot, according to those familiar with the law.
The North Vernon City Council listened to concerns and answers to questions about the proposed quarry project at their meeting June 22.The project, which was first brought up in 2004 and studied in 2012, came to the forefront with the eastern setment of the Hwy. 50 bypass project. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has determined using the quarry as a reservoir is the most cost-effective way to safeguard the city's water supply when the bypass bridge is built over the Muscatatuck River. The bridge will be just 2500 feet from...
ABOVE: Dan Wright, mayor of Vernon, dons 19th century attire as he looks at the decor in the Ben Thompson home, one of several on last weekend's annual Jennings County Historical Society Town and Country Home and Garden Tour.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer