Bonnie Brown was named the new LaGrange County Clerk in a Republican Party caucus Monday evening. She was elected on the second ballot by a two-vote margin over June Brown, 8-6.
The caucus became necessary after the resignation of County Clerk Beverly Elliott March 30. Elliott served seven years and three months in the office.
The two Brown women are both candidates for the Republican nomination for clerk on the May 8 primary ballot. Bonnie Brown, chief deputy county treasurer, said after the meeting that she does not intend to take the oath of office until after the primary election and tax payment deadline of May 10.
“I have responsibilities to the treasurer’s office and the staff at the clerk’s office has everything in order for the primary election. The last thing they need is for me to come into the office at this time,” she said.
Swearing in must occur within 30 days following the date of the caucus and is slated for Friday, May 18. Superior Court Judge George Brown is scheduled to perform the swearing-in ceremony. Bonnie Brown, who lives in Howe, said that she does not intend to be sworn in if she does not win the primary election.
Interim Clerk Peggy Iddings will serve until her successor is qualified and sworn into office. She was named interim clerk by the LaGrange County Commissioners and was sworn in by County Auditor Kay Myers at the April 2 commissioners meeting
June Brown is an employee of County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Wible and works with the court system daily. She also served a term as county clerk in the early 2000s. June Brown lives near Wolcottville.
Whichever Brown woman wins the Republican Primary Election will face former Democrat County Clerk Suellen Mickem in the general election Nov. 6