Lake County Assessor Resigns For Health Reasons

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October 2, 2013 — (AP) — The first Republican in 50 years to win a countywide office in northwestern Indiana’s Lake County has resigned for health reasons.

Lake County Assessor Hank Adams submitted his resignation on Tuesday. Jean Shepherd tells The Times  that her 77-year-old husband decided he was too exhausted and in pain from a yearlong fight with cancer to continue in office.

Adams was a township assessor in suburban Lake County for 16 years before winning the county office by 610 votes in the 2010 election. He defeated a Democratic candidate who faced misdemeanor perjury charges that she lied under oath for not telling Indiana officials she also had a Michigan driver’s license.

A caucus of Republican precinct committee members in Indiana’s second most-populous county will pick a replacement for Adams.


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