Lake County Election Board’s appeal of trial court’s order requiring Board to place city councilman’s name on ballot in 2007 election dismissed as moot and unlikely to recur

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Lake County Board of Elections and Registration (“Election Board”) and Myrna Maldonado, Richard Medina, and Juda Parks (“Challengers”) (collectively “Appellants”) appeal the trial court’s order requiring the Election Board to place Anthony Copeland’s name on the ballot for the November 6, 2007, General Election for an At-Large seat on the City of East Chicago Common Council as an Independent.  On appeal, Appellants raise two issues: 

(1) Whether an incumbent city councilman at large can lawfully seek election in the upcoming November 6, 2007, general election in the City of East Chicago, Indiana, as an “independent” candidate for an at large seat on the Common Council, where said person was the incumbent Chairman of the Democratic Party organization in that City at the time he filed his [paperwork];

(2) Whether the trial court erred in denying Challengers’ motion to intervene.

(slip op. at 6-7):  We conclude that the issues are moot because Copeland lost in the November 6, 2007, General Election and each of the Challengers—Maldonado, Medina, and Parks—won in that election. . . because the issues are both moot and unlikely to recur, we decline to address them.  We therefore dismiss this appeal.

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