Kokomo Perspective 05 15 2019 E Edition Page A1

Its now clear what major party candidates will face off in the Gen- eral Election after last weeks polling stations closed, and the Demo- cratic newcomers war chest far outweighs her opponents. After decisive victo- ries, both Democrat Ab- bie Smith and Republican Tyler Moore advanced to the November mayoral election. Smith outshined her primary opponent, Kevin Summers, gar- nering 58.45 percent of Democratic votes. Mean- while Moore comfortably pulled out a victory over fellow Republican Rich- ard Stout, earning 90.15 percent of the primary votes. Its already been a hectic campaign season, starting off with the an- nouncement that Sum- mers intended to make Kokomo Common Councilman At-Large Steve Whikehart an- nounced he will not be completing his first term in ice. Whikehart previously said this year he didnt intend to seek a second term on the common council. However, due to changing personal cir- cumstances, the at-large councilman said he now needs to cut his term short. Via press release, Whikehart said hes stepping down effective May 23. His last meeting on the common council will be May 20. It has been the honor Last week may have been the final opportu- nity for Howard County to avoid what could be a hefty legal bill after a court-ordered media- tion between Howard Superior I Judge William Menges and the Howard County Council failed. It now appears the judges funding mandate is again headed toward a trial setting, according to county attorney Alan Wilson. That mediation came after the Indiana Supreme Court ordered the council and Menges to attempt to work out their differences regard- ing Superior I employee salaries in the hopes of avoiding a trial. The mandate process is continuing That means no resolution was reached on Monday, so the matter goes back to the Supreme Court to appoint a special judge, said Wilson. Wilson said he couldnt disclose why the mediation failed. That's all confiden- tial, said Wilson. The mediation is all confi- dential. No one can talk about it at that point. Now, the Indiana Su- preme Court will ap- point another attorney, one different than the one previously appoint- ed who oversaw the me- diation. This attorney, like the previous one, is required to be from out- side the area and will preside over the com- ing trial, albeit a date had not been set by the states highest court as of press time. Both parties have brought their own legal representation to bear as well, with the county appointing local attor- ney Tom Trauring and Menges procured coun- sel from Frost, Brown, Todd out of Indianap- olis. Both parties legal bills will come at taxpay- er expense. The failed mediation is the latest development that began at the end of February when Menges issued a mandate to the county. That mandate MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 May 15, 2019 Inside: Section C PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Craig Dunn, William Bersbach, Denise Stover and Roger Yeoman are Registered Representatives of and securities are offered through LaSalle St. Securities LLC (LSS), a registered Broker/Dealer and member of FINRA & SIPC. Mr. Dunn and Mr. Bersbach are Investment Advisor Representatives of and advisory services are offered through Liberty Financial Advisors LLC (LFA), a Registered Investment Advisor. LSS is not affiliated with LFA or Liberty Financial Group, Inc. Investing involves risks, including the risk of principal loss. Website: www.libertyfngp.com cdunn@lasalle-st.com 1213 East Hoffer St. Kokomo, IN 765.457.1134 PLAN TODAY FOR YOUR FUTURE. Roger Yeoman Denise Stover William Bersbach Craig Dunn Anna M. Owens Mediation A3 Council A9 Advance A8 Whikehart stepping by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Mediation fails between county and judge Perspective Photo / File MANDATE - Howard Superior I Judge Bill Menges appears before the Howard County Council last year, seeking raises for his employees. Smith, Moore advance with sizably different war chests Democratic candidates campaign funds outweigh opponents by nearly five-fold Perspective Photo / File MAYORAL ELECTION - Democratic candidate for mayor Abbie Smith prepares to hug her husband, Nate, after winning the Primary Election. by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / File STEPPING DOWN - Kokomo Common Councilman Steve Whikehart will not complete his first term in office. Dispute over employee pay headed to court, again First-term councilman moving to be closer to job common council down from

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