NEW ALBANY —
Though a decision to allow an independent to occupy the seat was ratified in January, Republican New Albany City Councilman Kevin Zurschmiede remains on the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County board.
Council President Pat McLaughlin tabbed Democrat John Gonder and independent Scott Blair from the body to serve on the Horseshoe Board, but only Gonder was seated by the organization.
Horseshoe Board President Mark Seabrook, who is the Floyd County Commissioners’ representative on the body, confirmed again Monday that the organization’s bylaws stipulate the council must select one member from the two major political parties to serve.
The Democratic and Republican Parties are the major parties alluded to in the bylaws, Seabrook said.
“It has to be one of each unless there is not a Republican, then it will be two Democrats,” Seabrook said. “If they want to argue about that, they can argue all they want. We’re following the bylaws and that’s the way it is.”
There was “some speculation as to whether they had gotten notification” of the council appointments to the board, so an official letter was recently sent to the Horseshoe Foundation to confirm Blair and Gonder were selected, McLaughlin said Monday.
He described the Horseshoe Foundation’s stipulation of one Republican and one Democrat as “perplexing” and again affirmed his desire to see the body’s bylaws change.
Seabrook said the Horseshoe Foundation had its policy reviewed by legal counsel and that it will stand. He added the Indiana Attorney General’s office was contacted and they confirmed independent is not an official party.
When asked if a Libertarian could serve on the board, Seabrook said it would have to be reviewed since it’s not one of the two major parties.
Zurschmiede is the lone Republican on the council, and though he was not reappointed to the board this year, has continued to attend Horseshoe meetings and vote on organization matters.