By DAVID A. MANN
Clark County Republicans picked Wayne Carter to fill an open spot on the Jeffersonville City Council during a caucus Friday night.
Carter, 67, who retired as a vice president from Bank of Louisville in 2002, was secretary of the County Republican Central Committee and a member of the Jeffersonville Drainage Board, will take the place of Ron Grooms on the council. Grooms resigned his seat after being elected to the Indiana Senate early this month.
“Anybody that falls in Ron Grooms’ footsteps has big shoes to fill,” said Jamey Noel, party chairman. “[Carter] will do a good job. He’ll work with both parties.”
Friday’s event was a closed party caucus. Noel said there were initially three other candidates — Abe Navarro, Jeremy Snelling and Stanley Martin — in the running. Navarro withdrew himself from the race early in the day. The other two withdrew from the race during the caucus, Noel said.
Precinct committeemen at that point selected Carter for the job.
The next group elected to the Jeffersonville City Council will take office Jan. 1, 2012, so he’s only guaranteed 13 months on the council with the win. Noel said he expects him to run for the office during next year’s race. The primary is in May and the general election follows in early November 2011.
“It’s an interesting challenge,” Carter said. “I look forward to being able to serve the city, especially the annexed area.”
He will be one of three Republicans on the seven-member city council.