House District 49 Caucus Candidates Set

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The final roster of candidates vying to fill the vacancy in House District 49 is set.

The caucus will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at 6 p.m. ET at the VFW located at 1201 W. Pike St.; Goshen, IN 46526.

The candidates are:

  • Wes Culver
  • Mike Jacka
  • Joanna King
  • Jason Obendorf 

Due to capacity limits, the caucus will be closed. A Facebook Live Stream will be available at for anyone who wishes to watch the caucus live.

The Elkhart County Health Department approved the Indiana Republican Party’s submitted plan to safely hold the caucus. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has been in contact with a known or suspected positive case of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of symptoms, must stay away from the caucus. High-risk individuals should stay away from the caucus.

Caucus Process

The caucus will be presided over by Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Kyle Hupfer.

Each candidate will be recognized in alphabetical order and given two minutes for someone to speak on their behalf as a way of introduction and three minutes to speak on their own behalf.

Votes cast will be done by secret ballot and tallied by two tellers designated by the State Chairman.

Each candidate may designate one person to serve as a watcher on the candidate’s behalf during the tabulation of votes.

If a majority of 50 percent plus 1 of eligible voters present and voting is reached on the first ballot, a winner will be declared.

If no candidate receives a majority vote on the first ballot, the person (or persons in the case of a tie) with the lowest number of votes will be dropped and a second ballot conducted.

This process will continue until a candidate receives the required majority vote.