FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A caucus chose a 45-year-old Fort Wayne realtor to fill Larry Brown’s vacant spot on the Allen County Council last night.
Chris Spurr was elected on the third ballot, according to the Journal Gazette, over Party Chairman Steve Shine’s pick, Apryl Underwood – who would have been the first black Republican woman on the council if elected – and Emery McClendon.
Brown stepped down last month after making controversial comments about racial injustice protesters that drew rebukes from his colleagues.
When he nominated Underwood, Shine had said the party had an obligation to give “all citizens a hand” in government.
Spurr was chosen after three rounds of voting. He is a Navy veteran who won caucus voters over by focusing on his business background, citing experience with budget work and negotiations.