Eric Tippmann is the Republican candidate in the Perry Township Trustee race. He recently moved. His move is sparking controversy because he moved to a home out of the Perry Township boundaries. His opponent, Melissa Rinehart, filed a formal complaint on the matter to Allen County’s Board of Elections.
Tippmann told the News Sentinel earlier this week he moved to get his daughter closer to her ballet classes, He also said he plans to return to his home on Willowind Trail in Fort Wayne.
“I find that extremely problematic that he’s…. through his own admission, he no longer lives in the township,” said Melissa Rinehart, TIppmann’s opponent in the Perry Township trustee ace.”But still desires or still seeks this political position. So that’s the reasoning behind my complaint.”
Tippmann also told the News Sentinel he is still registered to vote in Perry Township and his driver’s license still has him living in Perry Township. He is renting out his Perry Township house. The tenants there told WANE 15 News they signed the lease with Tippmann saying he would return to live in that house something Tippmann told the News Sentinel he could do as soon as January.
“I find it problematic,” Rinehart said in response to Tippmann calling his move temporary. “There are many holes in his explanation that I think will be better understood when he responds to the complaint next week, and we shall see from there.”
The Allen County Board of Elections will meet to discuss Rinehart’s complaint on Monday. Allen County Director of Elections Beth Dlug said she does not know what direction the board will go.
“That’s really not a black and white answer that I can give you,” Dlug said. “A lot depends. I don’t want to speculate, but a lot will depend on any response that we get from that candidate.”
Tippmann did not respond to WANE 15’s requests for comment.