February 10, 2015

The Chairman’s Corner

Feb. 10, 2015

Dear Fellow Republicans,
2014 is in the books. We ended with the Rockport Christmas parade, the Republican Christmas party, the Santa Claus Christmas parade, and the swearing-in ceremony held at the Courthouse on December 26th. Following suit from the rest of 2014, we had great turnouts for the parades and a very nice crowd of about 150 Party faithful at the Christmas party that was held at the new 4-H Community Building in Chrisney. Republicans also dominated the swearing-in ceremony at the Courthouse.

I am looking forward to working with the 2015 municipal candidates and their campaigns. We have a full slate of candidates for Rockport with Mayor Harold Goffinet, Clerk-Treasurer Susie Wetzel Roberts, Council members Connie Hargis, Ferman Yearby III and Bob Mack all seeking another term. Donnie Winkler has filed as the at-large candidate, and Donna Lashley and Jack Morrison have both filed in Ward 2 ensuring a Republican Primary in Rockport.

Deloss Painter and Kenneth Beasley, Jr. have both filed for re-election to the Dale Town Board along with newcomers Aaron Fuller and Donnie Wertman.

We also have a full slate of candidates in Santa Claus. Kelly Greulich has filed for re-election as Santa Claus Clerk-Treasurer along with Board Members Kevin Burke and Seth Windell. John Bowen and Larry Whitlock have also put their name in the hat for Board Members ensuring a Republican Primary in Santa Claus as well since there are only 3 Board seats open.

Pachyderm Club letters are going out soon. If you are already a member, I ask you to renew. If not, I ask you to consider joining with your contribution. Your support is very important to us. Throughout 2015 we will be hosting many functions and activities. We will be providing technical and financial support to our candidates, helping to administer the elections, following our legislators in the General Assembly and providing a range of services to voters. There is no doubt that everyone will have an eye on 2016. We will, as well, while not losing our focus on the government closest to us.

We will hold our traditional Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on Saturday, April 18, at Santa”’s Lodge. U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon will be one of our featured guests. Many Republican officeholders and Party officials will also be joining us. We hope you will be there, too.

Republican Strong!

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,
We have so much to be thankful for this year. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends!

December always proves to be a very busy month for everyone with all the holiday activities. The Rockport Christmas Parade is this Saturday, December 6, and the Santa Claus Christmas Parade is next Saturday, December, 13. Please join us to ride the float or walk in the parade!

Don’t miss the Spencer County Republican Christmas Party! We invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 9, at the 4-H Building in Chrisney, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome! A dessert and/or side dish would be greatly appreciated! Lots of Christmas goodies will be given away. I hope to see you there!

Republican Strong!

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

November 13, 2014

Nov. 13, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,
I thank our Veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country!

With the election a week behind us now, I reflect on just how hard we all worked and, for the most part, the election results show just that. I commend our candidates for putting their lives on hold and stepping up for Spencer County. It has truly been my pleasure working with them all during this campaign.

We had a great turnout of voters with nearly 48% of those registered casting a ballot. This is almost double from the primary election. Most of our signs were pulled and put away within 48 hours of the election. Thanks to everyone that helped with this huge effort. If you see any Republican signs still standing, please call or drop them off on the southeast side of Republican Headquarters.

On election night, after the vote was tallied and things were winding down for the night, someone said to me, ‘Winkler, what are you going to do now’. I said, ‘Get started on the next one!’

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Republican Strong!

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

November 3, 2014

Nov. 3, 2014

Folks, some of us have been on the campaign trail for nearly 2 years now.
I am so proud of our candidates. They are clearly the best choice for Spencer County! They bring so much to the table with their qualifications and experience. They have demonstrated their dedication and willingness to work during this campaign cycle. We have attended many, many events this year?. county fairs, demolition derbies, festivals, parades, church socials, charity fundraisers, car shows, dinners, picnics, meetings, political rallies, meet the candidate breakfasts, and probably some things I can?t remember. Our candidates have spent hours going door-to-door across Spencer County. They have purchased campaign signs, brochures, business cards, stickers, and more. They have answered newspaper questionnaires and appeared at forums.

Our candidates have run clean, effective campaigns and have NOT participated in mudslinging, like many of the falsehoods you hear coming from the other side. I have sincerely enjoyed working with, and have a great deal of respect for, each and every one of them! I am proud of the job they have done.

It takes a lot of courage, time, money, and personal sacrifice to run for public office, and I applaud them all for stepping up to the challenge. It has truly been my privilege as Republican County Chairman to have been involved with this fine group.

With this, I ask you to not only vote Republican on Tuesday, November 4, but to contact your family members and friends and ask them to do the same! It is critical we get ALL of our vote out on Tuesday. Our candidates deserve no less. Remember, in recent years, races have been won and lost by less than 10 votes. EVERY vote counts and EVERY vote matters!

Republican Strong!

Thank You and God Bless.

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,
We had a GREAT Republican turnout for the Grandview Fall Festival and parade on September 12 and 13 with parade entries from Kelly Corne For Prosecutor, Jim McDurmon For Sheriff, Ron Bacon For State Representative, Jim Seiler For Commissioner, Autumn Winkler For Auditor, Robert Fuller For Coroner, Matt Knepper For County Council, Blake Bunner For County Council, Mike Roos For County Council, and Suzanne Crouch For State Auditor. Thanks, once again, to Gary Adams for pulling the Republican Party float! The Grandview Civic Association gave a special thanks to the candidates that volunteered their time helping out with the Fest.

On Sunday, September 14, we traveled to Luce Township to participate in the Richland Car Show. The booth was set up and we supplied the show-goers with free popcorn. State Representative Ron Bacon had his Rambler entered in the show. It was an enjoyable afternoon. Saturday, September 20, found most of our candidates traveling north to Huff Township to attend the Evanston Hog Roast. On Tuesday, September 23, our candidates attended the candidate forum hosted by the Grandview Civic Association and the Spencer County Farm Bureau. Candidates were given a limited time to introduce themselves and then fielded questions from the crowd. Our candidates were well prepared and represented themselves and the Republican Party in a positive manner. Thanks to Grandview and the Farm Bureau for hosting this informative evening. On Sunday, September 28, we held our first Family Fun Day at the Rockport City Park. This event proved to be a great success. We gave away lots of popcorn and hotdogs. The barrel train ran non-stop all afternoon, and the big inflatables were a hit with the kids. Thanks to Mickey Toler for donating the use of the barrel train and to Eric Winkler for his help with the inflatables. On Monday, September 29, a standing room only crowd gathered at Pepper?s Ridge for a fundraiser benefiting State Representative Ron Bacon. Congressman Larry Bucshon was a special guest. October 4 was a busy day with the Spencer County Fair Octoberfest and Demolition Derby. We popped and gave away almost 100 pounds of popcorn, and we sponsored the trophies for the Derby. I?m happy to say the GOP sponsored car lasted all three derbies. We gained a lot of candidate exposure through the Spencer County Fair advertisements in the local papers. The Mt. Zion Apple Fest, October 11-12, was also a busy weekend for our candidates, who are also going door-to-door in varying neighborhoods in between events.

This Saturday, October 18, we are hosting a ?Meet The Candidates? FREE Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast at the Santa Claus Community Center between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend. After that we will travel to Chrisney for their annual parade which begins at noon.

On Monday, October 20, we are hosting a ?Meet The Candidates? FREE Soup Supper at Gwaltney Park in Midway beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get to know your Republican candidates!

A special thanks to ALL who have helped put signs out. I?m not going to list everyone individually but, please know your efforts on behalf of the Republican Party and our candidates do not go unnoticed! THANK YOU!!

Republican Strong!!

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair