First-time candidate falls short in Democratic matchup

Kay Schwade’s first attempt at picking up her party’s nomination for a countywide office came up short Tuesday night.

The Seymour Democrat drew 606 or 35 percent of the 1,700 votes cast in the assessor’s race compared to the 1,094 votes or 64 percent for six-term incumbent Bev Gaiter of Brownstown.

The Republican Party has yet to name a candidate for assessor, a position Gaiter has held since 1990. The deadline for Democrats and Republicans to fill vacancies on the ballot is noon June 30.

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