• Hendricks County Commission President Eric Wathen decides to withdraw from November’s general election

    July 19, 2012 No comments

    Hendricks County Commission President Eric Wathen has announced that he’s withdrawn his name from the ballot for county commissioner in November’s general election.

    Wade Coggeshall of the Hendricks County Flyer reports that Wathen cited family issues as the reason. His mother and uncle both died of cancer two years ago. In January, his maternal grandmother passed away. Wathen and his family, who are Brownsburg residents, are moving out of his district to Lizton to care for his grandfather.

    He will complete the remainder of his term.

    He was first elected to the commission in 2007, replacing Ed Schrier. He became commission president this year after David Whicker chose not to seek re-election. He sought to replace Republican Steve Buyer in Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District in 2010. Former Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita ultimately won the Republican nomination and the general election.

    Wathen said he still feels a sense of accomplishment from his five years in office. There’s the completion of two sections of the Ronald Reagan Parkway, including the bridge over the CSX railyard in Avon, which is set to open later this year. And there’s the streamlining of county government by having department heads conduct annual reviews of their employees, as well as the implementation of an online system that allows residents to submit questions and concerns to county employees. That last one, Wathen says, is a key component to making county government more accessible and transparent to its constituents.

    A caucus to replace Wathen on the ballot has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Hendricks County Government Center in Danville. Candidates have until 72 hours prior to the caucus to file in the voter registration office. Two have already done so: former Indiana House Rep. Matt Whetstone and recently-retired Hendricks Regional Health CEO Dennis Dawes.

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