By Ann Marie Shambaugh
Two people have filed paperwork to replace Jeff Papa on the Zionsville Town Council.
Sara Martini, an elementary school teacher in Brownsburg, and Jason Plunkett, a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual, are interested in becoming the next town councilor. As of press time they were the only applicants to file. The filing deadline was 7 p.m. May 12.
A Boone County Republican caucus will be held at 7 p.m. May 15 at Zionsville Town Hall to vote on a replacement for Papa, who is stepping down June 30 just before he begins a new job with Barnes & Thornburg, a firm that provides legal counsel to the town. The new councilor will begin July 1.
“This individual who is chosen will have time to work with the current elected officials and other members of the council and the mayor to be up to speed by the time he or she starts,” said Debbie Ottinger, chair of the Boone County Republican Party.
Martini, 32, has lived in Zionsville for approximately three years but knew she wanted to move to town much longer.
“I have a brother- and sister-in-law that live here,” she said. “When I first came to visit them five years ago, I knew right away I wanted to live in Zionsville.”
Martini is president of the Zionsville Village Residents’ Association, and in that role she said she works “hand in hand” with the town council. She is also the market manager for the Zionsville Farmers’ Market.
“I am passionate about Zionsville and care about my town,” she said. “It is a unique place, and I want to preserve its character and charm. I believe I can make a positive impact, and I am looking forward to the opportunity of giving back.”
Plunkett, 38, has lived in Zionsville since 2011. He is the president of the Zionsville Community Development Corp. and serves on the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He and his wife, Brittany, are expecting their first child in June.
“I am very excited about the town of Zionsville and care deeply for the progress and growth of this area,” he said. “I have been in business here since 2002, and I have seen firsthand how our community cares for and supports one another.”
A simple majority of the committeemen at the caucus is required to select the next town councilor. A decision is expected to be announced May 15.