Center Township Assessor John Gerard, 52, was arrested last month in Indianapolis for allegedly masturbating in a public rest room and inviting an undercover police officer to his hotel room.
"The fellow was up here doing a Pee Wee Herman," Indiana Republican Party communications director Robert Vane said of Gerard. "We absolutely believe he should withdraw his candidacy."
Vanderburgh County Republican Chairwoman Connie Carrier said she asked Gerard to withdraw from the ballot a few days ago because of public perception of his alleged actions. "We just don't condone it," Carrier said.
Vane said the state GOP has made no formal request that Gerard withdraw his name from the ballot because state leaders want to avoid the perception they are stepping on Vanderburgh County Republicans' toes.
"But we've made our wishes clear to all parties involved," Vane said.
Gerard did not return repeated phone calls to his office and home.
No Democrat will oppose Gerard or any potential replacement candidate on the ticket. Noon today is the deadline to add candidates to the ballot to fill slots that went vacant in the primary elections. But to be eligible for the Democratic caucuses that nominate candidates to fill those slots, the person's candidacy would have to be declared 72 hours beforehand, and no one did that, County Clerk Susan Kirk said.
But voters will have an alternative. An independent candidate, Mike Stucki, who could not be reached for comment, will be on the ballot.
What is astounding is that Democrats chose not to run anyone against Gerard, even after his arrest became public last month. There is little incentive for Gerard to drop his re-election bid with only an independent candidate filing to run against him.