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MUNCIE, Ind. — Convention Day for the state Republican Party is just 10 days away, and counties have voted on who will represent them at the state convention. However, some delegate candidates in Delaware County are feeling a little cheated.

During the primaries, Delaware County voters were separated into three districts to vote on 28 delegates for the whole county. Last year there were three districts and a third at-large district. But, Ryan Webb, who ran for delegate this year for the first time and lost noticed something different when he looked at the voting results.

“This year that format had been changed,” Webb told WISH-TV. “Instead of having the three districts, as well as the at-large district, the at-large district had been eliminated and we just had the three basic districts. However, they weren’t evenly spaced.”

This year two districts had only 5 delegate seats available to fields of 19 and 16 candidates. But, one district had 18 seats available for 10 candidates. This allowed the county’s GOP party chair, Victor Whitehead, to unilaterally appoint people to the remaining eight seats.

“When you stack all of the delegates into one district, it’s really frustrating,” Webb said.

“I’m not upset that I lost. I’m more upset at the fact that I feel a little cheated,” said Muncie City Councilman Troy Ingram, who also ran for delegate this year.

The State Republican Party rules allow the party’s chairman in any given county to appoint people to any unfilled delegate seats. Both Webb and Ingram agree that the way the delegate election went this year in Delaware County rigs the system in favor of whoever local bosses like best and takes the decision-making out of the hands of voters.

“It’s basically making a mockery of our electoral process,” Ingram said. “(Whitehead) is arranging it so that he gets to put those people in office, not the people.”

Webb is choosing to let it go and move on focusing on his role on the Delaware County Council. Ingram said he plans to draft a letter to state party leadership outlining his objections to the delegate apportionment process.