Kosciusko Republican Chairman Mike Ragan said he was told that in the past 20 years, the party’s only had one town convention in the county.

Next week, it’s having four to select candidates for the November general election in races that had more candidates file than there are seats.

South Whitley also has a town convention.

Town conventions for Etna Green, Pierceton and Silver Lake are at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mentone will have its convention at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The state of Indiana mandates that any town conventions be held no later than Aug. 21, according to candidate filing procedures provided by Ragan.

Towns with populations under 3,500 normally don’t have a primary election, Ragan said, but if more candidates file than there are seats, a town convention is called.

All registered Republican voters in those towns will be able to vote in their respective convention. Photo identification will be required. Voting will be done by paper ballots and results will be announced that night. If there is a tie, another vote will be held until winners are determined.

Filing for the small town elections ended Aug. 1.

The Etna Green town convention will be held at the Heritage Park Building. It requires a convention because eight Republicans filed for the three seats on the town council.

Those candidates are Christopher G. Carter, West Railroad Street; Keith Claassen, East Pleasant Street, incumbent; Beverly A. Carter, West Railroad Street; Aaron Bakian, East State Street; Susan Klinefelter, East Spring Street; Kevin Smith II, West Railroad Street, incumbent; Cory D. Ellinger, East State Street, incumbent; and Jason W. Hanes, West Railroad Street.

No member of any other political party filed for the town council seats.

Chairman for the town convention is Jeffrey Klinefelter, with Heath Roberts as secretary.

In Mentone, two Republicans filed for the clerk-treasurer position to replace Barb Ross, who retired. The convention will be held in the Mentone Emergency Services Building.

Candidates are Janick “Nicki” Norris and Tammy J. Stoneburner, both of West Main Street.

No member of any other political party filed for the clerk-treasurer position.

Chairman for the town convention is Ed Rock.

Pierceton’s town convention will be held in the town hall. Three Republicans filed for the clerk-treasurer position, and the winner will face Libertarian Brian H.?Hartman, South Maple Street, in the November general election.

The Republican candidates are Myra L. Mast, West Catholic Street; Pamela Baker, West Tulip Street; and incumbent Jerry F. Kreger, North First Street.

Chairman for the town convention is Georgia Tenney, with Teresa Hall as secretary.

The town convention for Silver Lake will be at the Silver Lake Lions Club. It’s necessitated because five Republicans filed for the three seats on the town council.

Incumbent candidates are Chad Miner, North Jefferson Street, and Phillip Shalley, East Sycamore Street. Challengers are Hugh Murfin, North Jefferson Street; Jerry N. Wagner, North Edgewater Street; and Nichole R. Taylor, North Jefferson Street.

No member of any other political party filed for the council seats.

Chairman for the town convention is Jean Weller, with John Conley as secretary.

In Whitley County, South Whitley’s town convention is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Whitko High School’s auditorium.

Registered Republican voters living in town will select three candidates from a field of five running for town council:  Randall C. Cokl, incumbent; Judy Earnhart; Leslie A. Hoffman, incumbent; Tony Starkey; and Brock Waterson, incumbent.

The three people selected will appear on the November ballot and take office Jan. 1 as there are no candidates from other parties running.