Phil Hinkle, a six-term Republican from the northwest part of Marion County, is accused of offering to pay a man to share an evening with him in an Indianapolis hotel room, prompting House Speaker Brian Bosma to ask him to step down. If Hinkle agrees, a successor would be chosen by precinct committee leaders in his district.
Even though new district boundaries go into effect for the 2012 election, Secretary of State’s office Election Division Co-Chair Brad King said they are not yet taken into account.
“The voters from the district as it was in effect when the last election occurred in November 2010 are the ones represented by the precinct committeemen,” King said.
If Hinkle decides to step down, King said, he could do so immediately or could set a date in the future – including after the 2012 legislative session – to give up the seat. But King says once a letter of resignation is given to the Speaker of the House, the search for a replacement may begin immediately.
“A caucus to fill the vacant seat may be held in advance so long as the written resignation is on file,” he said.
Hinkle issued a statement Tuesday saying he plans to serve out his term and then not run for reelection next year.