Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors

Hurt resigns as chairman

There’s been a change in leadership in the Democratic party Central Committee.

Dallas Hurt announced at a recent meeting that he would be resigning as Democratic Central Committee Chairman, effective immediately, citing a dysfunctional executive committee and what he called “personal vendettas” destroying the elections process in Brown County. Hurt remains a member of the Democratic Central Committee as well as a board member of the Brown County Board of Elections.

“Since the primary election of 2006, our local party has split into two different factions,” Hurt wrote in a letter to the Democratic Central Committee. “This resulted in the vacancy of half the committee seats in the 2008 Election. The local party has limped along since then, trying to fill vacancies, rallying behind certain candidates, but leading no campaigns. It is a fact our executive committee has become dysfunctional.

“In January 2015, you and Ralph Quallen asked me to take the appointment of the Secretary of State for the unexpired Board of Elections seat of Ralph Quallen through Spring of 2016. I have fulfilled all the positive things you asked of me to this date and I balk at the request to hobble and render the Board of Elections tied and paralyzed so as to sabotage the election process.

“I will not let personal vendettas destroy the elections process in this county.”

In Hurt’s place, Ken P. McNeely, Jr. was voted in as the new Central Committee Chairman and will serve out the rest of Hurt’s term, through next March.

In an additional e-mail to the News Democrat, Hurt added that he had lost the support of a majority of members in the Central Committee due to the issues surrounding former Board of Elections Director Kathy Jones’ departure from board and her fringe benefit payout controversy with the Brown County Board of Commissioners.

“This current dispute over the county’s investigation of Kathy Jones’ request of approximately $25,700 in fringe benefits payout from four years service, the commissioners’ finding it was not all legitimate, and her attempt to be rehired for the third time after resigning August 5, has split the committee and the party,” Hurt wrote in an e-mail.

“As chair I lost the support of a majority of the committee persons left remaining after several resignations during the last year alone. At recent meetings of the committee I have been asked to use my seat on the Board of Elections to tie the votes up; use the position to ‘throw everything into the lap of the Secretary of State, in order to prove that an election can not be put on without Director Kathy Jones’. I don’t believe that is true and I resist being pushed like that.

The majority of the current committee has boycotted our county fair booth and our annual fall dinner this month. Others have just gone to the sidelines to avoid the negative image being broadcast. None of this serves our membership nor the public well. I’m tired of trying to breathe life into it. It is time to let someone else try.”

Democratic Central Committee member Don Thomas disputed Hurt’s claims that the majority of the current committee members boycotted the county fair booth at the 2015 Brown County Fair.

“That is not true,” Thomas said. “Myself and Jim Castle were there. We were scheduled to work Thursday and Friday, but we missed Thursday because we had a special Central Committee meeting at 3:00 p.m. We didn’t boycott it. But (Dallas) didn’t work the fair booth at all.”

Thomas added that he was glad to see Hurt resign from the chairman position, and he’s looking forward to helping build more involvement in the Democratic party in Brown County.

“Had he not resigned, we were going to ask for his resignation or vote him out of the position,” Thomas said. “We are eager to try and stimulate more activity in the Democratic party.”

Dallas Hurt resigned his position as Democratic Central Committee chairman effective October 13.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DallasHurtBoardofElectonsOctober2015-DanielKarell-.jpgDallas Hurt resigned his position as Democratic Central Committee chairman effective October 13.
Dallas Hurt resigns as Dem Central Committee chairman, replaced by Ken McNeely

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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