DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI)-The election might be over but the drama surrounding it in Dayton continues. Stanley Kyger who ran against Tyrone Taylor as in Independent in the town board elections has filed a complaint in court to contest the election results. Court documents say Kyger believes Taylor is ineligible to hold office because he pled guilty to a felony back in 1999.
Court document show that felony conviction was switched to a misdemeanor in 2015 when Taylor was first elected. 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. Kygers lawyers says they are just following Indiana law.
Tyron Taylor responded to the lawsuit in a statement saying, “I would like to respond to the current petition filed against me by Stan Kyger. I feel that I have a large support group in the town of Dayton and it says a lot that even when my past has been aired through the town, social media, and media outlets, people still support me and voted me back into the town council.
It shows that the residents believe in me and they want me to continue serving them on the board. I have spoken with a number of people who believe that my charges from 21 years ago don’t disqualify me in regards to this law because my charges were before this law went into effect. Since the day that I was sworn in on the board I have tried to do what I believe is in the best interest of the town and residents.
I have a lot of support, not only in the town of Dayton but I have had people from all over Tippecanoe County reach out to me in support. The residents even started a Go Fund Me page to help pay for legal fees because they feel that I shouldn’t have to be going through this financial burden on my own for a job that only pays $400 a month, but I believe in what I do and I care about my town. I would like to continue to serve the town of Dayton and the residents.
To address the accusation that I “lied” on camera at a public meeting, that is simply not true. When my charge was lowered, my attorney told me that if anyone ever asked me if I have been charged with a felony, to state that I have not because I legally do not have one. It has never been a problem with any job that I’ve had or background check that was run. I believe that I deserve my spot on the board and I will continue to fight until the courts tell me otherwise.”
A status conference for the complaint is set for November 21st.