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caucus scheduled to replace whitlow

Monday, November 27, 2017 17:08 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

All democratic precinct committeepersons in Michigan City will meet December 20 to fill a seat on the city council vacated by the unexpected death of Al Whitlow.

LaPorte County Democratic Party chairman Jim Kimmel said he called the caucus Monday after the LaPorte County Clerk's office received official notice of Whitlow's November 19 passing.

The caucus wil be at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Michigan City Police Department at 1201 E. Michigan Boulevard.

Kimmel said candidates must file with the county clerk's office in LaPorte before 4 p.m. December 17.

Political parties under Indiana law must have a caucus within 30 days to fill a seat once a vacancy becomes official.

Kimmel said all democratic precinct committeepersons will vote because Whitlow as councilman at-large represented the whole city, not just a single ward.

Whitlow, 78, was a 1957 graduate of Elston High School in Michigan City who nine-years later was assistant coach on the boys basketball team from his alma mater that brought home a state championship.

After retiring from education, he was executive director of the Michigan City Boys & Girls Club.from 2001 to 2014.

''Al was kind of an icon in Michigan City and had a great reputation with a lot of the citizens of Michigan City. His shoes are going to be tough to fill,'' said Kimmel.

Whitlow served one previous term on the city council in the early 80's.

His 6th ward seat after choosing not to run for reelection was filled by Tom Alevizos, who went to become a state representative and now judge in LaPorte Circuit Court.

Alevizos said Whitlow was genuine in his concern for people and desire to provide direction especially to youth.

''He wasn't the kind who was just out there. He was there to mentor people. Support people and help the community,'' said Alevizos.
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