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Another Republican hopes to fill vacated county council seat

Emery McClendon candidate

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Another Republican has thrown his hat into the ring to fill a vacated Allen County Council seat.

Emery McClendon, a three-term Republican party convention delegate, filed his paperwork to run for Allen County Council Monday.

Former 4th District County Councilman Larry Brown resigned under pressure from the community and beyond for comments he made about protesters during a meeting this month.

18 Republican precinct committeemen and women from county council's 4th District will caucus to choose the replacement for Brown, who resigned after he referred to George Floyd protesters in the city as "uneducated voters" on local government issues, and went on to say, "Unfortunately, they also breed."

McClendon said he felt called to the position once he figured out he was eligible to run for the seat.

"I am a social, fiscal and political conservative. And I think this position needs to be held by someone who shares the good values of Allen County, and the people of this community," McClendon said.

"And I'm stepping up to the plate to do that."

An organizer of Fort Wayne's first Tea Party rally, he also supports Allen County Right to Life's message.

"He is a patriot. He is a staunch conservative. I think it's very important that Emery is involved because it shows that we welcome diversity and people from all backgrounds and cultures," Allen County Republican Chair Steve Shine said.

Shine has already endorsed Attorney Elizabeth Underwood for the seat.

Businessman Chris Spurr and Joe Townsend, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a Fort Wayne city council seat, both indicate they are seriously considering running for Brown's seat in the caucus as well.

The caucus will be held July 6. The person chosen to fill the vacancy will serve through 2022.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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