TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - In a tightly contested and rather controversial town council election, elected candidate Tyrone Taylor has conceded his victory to his opponent, Stanley Kyger.
As we previously reported, Kyger filed a lawsuit saying that Taylor was ineligible to run for an elected position because he pleaded guilty to a theft 20 years ago. Taylor has since had his conviction expunged, but at the time of the election on November 5th, it was still on his record.
According to Indiana code 3-8-1-5, a person is disqualified from assuming or being a candidate for elected office if, in a guilty plea hearing, the person pleads guilty.
Taylor was not in the courtroom for the bench trial on Tuesday evening. His lawyer represented him. Taylor submitted a letter to the court saying that after consulting with his lawyer, he decided to concede the election.
Circuit Court Judge Sean Persin accepted this decision and named Stanley Kyger the rightful Ward Three Representative on the Dayton Town Council. The whole bench trial took less than 10 minutes.
Kyger's attorney Peter Kovacs hopes this decision will help the town get past the controversy of the race.
"Hopefully they can now get to the work of the town and doing the town's business for the next four years," he said. He added that they were not expecting Taylor to concede. Kyger did not want to speak on camera about the results.
The main controversy in Dayton surrounds the question of annexation. Kyger is part of the professed "white shirt gang" in Dayton. This is the group that opposes adding more housing to the town. Taylor is part of the "black shirt gang," which supports the growth. Now that Kyger has replaced Taylor, the Town Council is 4 to 1 against annexation.
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