Mark Messmer for Congress

State Sen. Mark Messmer announced Thursday he is running for the Republican nomination in the 8th Congressional District.

“As a lifelong resident of Southwest Indiana, I understand the needs and values of our communities. In the statehouse, I have fought tirelessly to promote economic growth, safeguard individual liberties, and uphold our constitutional values. Now, I am ready to take this commitment to a national stage and ensure Washington starts to prioritize the needs and values of Hoosiers,” said Messmer.

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Town of Santa Claus Election


Early Voting Dates

At the Spencer County Courthouse,

Voters Registration Office

Friday, October 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, November 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday, November 6, 9 a.m.-12 noon

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The Santa Claus Vote Center, located in the Santa Claus Community Center, 200 North Holiday Boulevard in Santa Claus will be the only Spencer County Vote Center open for the 2023 Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 7th.

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Absentee Ballot Deadline

Request ballot by mail – Thursday, October 26 – 11:59PM

In Person request by Monday, Nov. 6 -12:00PM

Return ballot must be received by Nov. 7 – 6:00PM

Sponsors welcome!

Crawford, Dubois, Perry and Spencer County Republicans are looking for hole sponsors for the upcoming Golf Scramble at Christmas Lake on June 13th.

Your support can help make a difference in local elections.

Here’s the form to fill out.

Send it to your local county chair listed on the bottom of the form.

Ready for some golf?

The Annual Southern Indiana Republican Golf Scramble is fast approaching.
Get your team together and enter now!

June 13th – Christmas Lake Golf Course

Here’s the entry form.

Print the form, fill it out
and send it with your check to
Heather Gries at the address on the bottom left of the form.


Dear Fellow Republican,

As you know 2022 was a big election year and with your financial support, we were able to continue our strong presence throughout the county in parades, fairs, festivals and community dinner/auction events.
2022 was a very successful year for Spencer County Republicans!

There were many offices up for election including Auditor, Assessor, Commissioner, 4 District Council seats, Coroner, Sheriff, Prosecutor, all Township Trustees and Township Boards, many of which we had to defend. We filed all ten of our county level candidates January 13th 2022, and with their hard work and your financial support they all won their races.

I am writing today to ask for your help with the 2023 municipal races that include Rockport, Santa Claus, Dale, Grandview, Richland and Gentryville. We rely on you to help us, because as we have said many times before, there is no one else. We need both financial and volunteer support. Your generosity ensures the Republican Party will continue to have an active and vital role in our community. We will participate in the usual local fairs, festivals, and parades. We will continue to host our annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner at Santa’s Lodge. This year’s dinner will be March 11th. Stay tuned for more information about the Southern Indiana Republican Golf Scramble! The annual Perry-Spencer Picnic will be at Mulzer’s Camp on August 17th. This takes a great deal of organization, volunteers, and money.

If you are currently a member of the Pachyderm Club, we sincerely thank you and ask you to renew your membership. If not, please give serious consideration to contributing through this donor club. As you will see on the form below there are several levels of giving. Also, please note the extra benefits you receive as a Pachyderm Club member!

You can download the form, print it, fill it out and mail it or you can make your donation online at

Republican Strong!

Jon Winkler, Chairman

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