June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,
What a great Republican State Convention in Fort Wayne! Featured speakers on Friday evening included former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Following the session, delegates and guests gathered at Parkview Baseball Field to enjoy candidate hospitality suites and food from some of Fort Wayne?s best restaurants all while being entertained by a great group of area bands. An amazing fireworks show topped off the evening. One reason, however, made Friday very special? the birthday of delegate Vicki Brauns! Happy Birthday to Vicki!

Saturday morning was down to business with the convention being called to order at 10:00 a.m. Business before the delegation was to adopt our Party?s platform, and to nominate our candidates for statewide offices including Connie Lawson for Secretary of State, Suzanne Crouch for Auditor of State and, after three ballots and a full afternoon of voting, Kelly Mitchell for Treasurer of State. Congratulations to Connie, Suzanne and Kelly! We have a great Republican ticket from top to bottom.

Special thanks to our delegates Vicki Brauns, John Burroughs, Kenneth Coultas, Debbie Foertsch, Mike Roos, and Randall Spinks for hanging tough all day! I appreciate your dedication and service to our Party. Also attending were Tom Brauns, Jerriann Burroughs, Kim Coultas and Weepublican Bre Burns. We were surprised to see Spencer County?s own Voter Registration Official John Rudisill on hand with the voting machine company helping supervise the voting process.

After a short break, we all enjoyed a fine steak dinner and were treated to an amazing concert by Kenny Loggins at the historic Embassy Theatre. He had delegates from across the State dancing in the aisles! What a convention! Hats off to the Host Committee, Chairman Tim Berry and everyone at INGOP.

You may have noticed Headquarters has a new sign on the east wall to go along with the new paint and our enlarged parking lot.

There is only one word for the next thirty days and it is BUSY! Upcoming events include the Spencer County Fair/June 11-14, the Southern Indiana Republican Golf Scramble/June 24, Spencer County 4-H Fair/June 25-28, and Rockport Freedom Festival and Parade/July 4. Please volunteer as you can! We need help setting up and tearing down our tent, popping popcorn and manning the booths, decorating the float and walking or riding in the parade. I hope to see everyone out at these events!

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

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