DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe County Election Board says it will reject a challenge against current Dayton Town Board President Tyrone Taylor.
The challenge was filed by community activist Cindy Marsh, who is also the wife of current town board member Ron Koehler. She filed a complaint Tuesday claiming that a felony theft conviction 20 years ago should have kept Taylor from being appointed to the board in 2015, and should keep him from running for re-election on Nov. 5.
Tippecanoe County Clerk Julie Roush said the final day to submit formal complaints was Sept. 4, which is why the election board said it will be rejecting it. Taylor said he thought he cleared this question up with election officials back in 2015 and he feels this is nothing but an attempt to make him look bad.
“This is just being brought up just to paint me as a bad person,” said Taylor. “Before I ran last time, the election board knew I had told them that it was dropped down to a misdemeanor. The attorney that I hired said if anyone ever asks you, legally you do not have a felony you never did it's considered a misdemeanor.”
In response to learning that the election board will be rejecting her complaint, Cindy Marsh said
"I'm not surprised that it won't be heard prior to the election considering voting has already started. I had considered approaching the prosecutor since he clearly broke the law in 2015, and we have significant evidence. I can't speak to what his opponent would do if Tyrone should win."
According to the Indiana Election Division, if Tyrone Taylor were to win, whoever comes in second place can file a lawsuit saying he is not qualified. It then would be up to the court to decide.