Granados dropping out of council raceAugust 19, 2020
By CANDY NEAL
Mikayla Granados is withdrawing from the Dubois County Council race.
She has filed the paperwork to remove her name from the General Election ballot, Dubois County Clerk Amy Kippenbrock confirmed today.
A challenge to her candidacy was filed last week by Dubois County Republican Party Chairman Mark Messmer, based on a felony conviction Granados currently has on her record.
The challenge was scheduled to be Thursday morning in Dubois Superior Court. But Granados' attorney, Russ Sipes, said he was filing this evening a motion to dismiss and answer the complaint.
Granados was running to fill one of the three Dubois County Council seats on this year’s ballot. Indiana law says a person who has a felony does not qualify to run for office. However, there is no process in place for checking a person’s candidacy when a person files.
In May 2019, Granados pled guilty to a Level 6 felony of possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Messmer told The Herald previously that he filed the challenge because the law states that Granados is not eligible to run for the seat. Dubois County Democratic Chairman Mike Kendall challenged the constitutionality of the requirement, stating that it does not encourage rehabilitation and is not uniformly and consistently enforced.
Indiana law states that in order for a candidate to be considered for being removed from the ballot at this point in the election process, someone running for the same seat or a party chairman must file a challenge with the courts.
The county Democratic Party will have 30 days to fill the vacancy, Kippenbrock said.
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