DANVILLE — Two candidates are vying to replace Eric Wathen on the November ballot for the Hendricks County Board of Commissioners.
M. Brent Pittman and Matthew Whetstone, both of Brownsburg, will face off in a Republican Party caucus at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hendricks County Government Center, 355 S. Washington St., Danville. Candidates have until 72 hours prior to the caucus to file in the voter registration office.
Pittman currently owns and operates H C M Associates, which he describes as an executive management and political consultancy specializing in strategic planning, economics, marketing, finance, manufacturing, engineering, national security, job creation, tax reform, and economic development. He previously held managerial positions in marketing and engineering firms.
Pittman earned a bachelor of science degree in technology from Purdue University, as well as a master degree and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-73.
Whetstone is director of government affairs for the Krieg DeVault law firm in Indianapolis. He previously represented Hendricks and Morgan counties in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, and also served on the Brownsburg Town Council and Brownsburg Redevelopment Commission & Authority.
He earned a bachelor degree in political science from Ball State University.
The caucus was scheduled after current Hendricks County Commission President Eric Wathen announced his withdrawal from the ballot last month. Wathen and his family, who are Brownsburg residents, are moving out of his district to Lizton to care for a grandparent. He will serve out the remainder of his term.
Wathen was initially elected to the commission in 2007, replacing Ed Schrier. He became commission president this year after David Whicker chose not to seek re-election.
"Eric Wathen is leaving big shoes to fill, both literally and figuratively," said Michael O'Brien, chair of the Hendricks County GOP. "Eric has served Hendricks County taxpayers exceptionally well during his time as a county commissioner. While the needs of his family are understandably his top priority this year, we hope his departure from public office is temporary."