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

Sept. 16, 2014

Sept. 16, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,
August caucus and Santa Claus town convention are behind us. Congratulations to Aaron Benton on being unanimously elected by a caucus of the Precinct Committeemen as the new at-large member of the Spencer County Council. The first ever town convention in Spencer County was held in Santa Claus to select two candidates to represent the Republican Party on the November ballot for Santa Claus town board with Mike Johannes and Sherrill Clark coming through with the victory. Thanks to Jeff Lindsey, who served as convention chairman, for all his hard work to ensure the convention was conducted fairly and according to the law.

The Perry-Spencer Picnic was a huge success with a visit from Governor Pence, Attorney General Greg Zoeller, and the entire 2014 Republican ticket along with hundreds of party faithful. Thank you so much to the Mulzer family for their continued support of this important event!

Once again, Republicans dominated the Dale Fall Festival parade with entries from Kelly Corne For Prosecutor, Jim McDurmon For Sheriff, Jim Seiler For Commissioner, Autumn Winkler For Auditor, Robert Fuller For Coroner, Matt Knepper For County Council, Mike Roos For County Council, Suzanne Crouch For State Auditor, Mark Messmer For State Senate, Ron Bacon For State Representative, and Larry Bucshon for U.S. Congress. Thanks to all who came out to ride the float or walk for the candidates. Special thanks to Gary Adams for pulling our float.

We also set up a first class booth at the Dale Fall Festival with great representation of all our candidates. Thanks to Marlene Bowen with the Suzanne Crouch For State Auditor campaign for her efforts in helping out in the booth.

Thanks to all the candidates and elected officials for working in the booth during the three day event. Congratulations to Clay Beckner of Chrisney on winning the $250 gift card to Holiday Foods. Thanks to Jerriann and John Burroughs, David Gogel, Jim and Kathy McDurmon, Mike Roos, Marlene Bowen, Jim and Shannon Seiler, Robert Fuller and Autumn Winkler for helping set up or take down the booth.

Republican Strong!!!

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,
Well folks, the election is less than three months away and our candidates are working hard! They have already attended numerous summer socials, picnics and festivals, and the campaign season is just beginning.

We enjoyed a great time at the SCGOP Sporting Clay Tournament with over twenty shooters participating in the event. Congratulations to our winners Mark Cowans, Brian Stuteville, and Garrett Williams. Also, congratulations to Becky Phillips with the top score for female shooter. Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Precinct Committeeman Alan Shourds, and to Jerriann Burroughs and Faith Williams who helped with the event.

We had a nice time at the fundraiser for Indiana Senate candidate Mark Messmer at the CLV Recreation Center. State Auditor Suzanne Crouch, State Representative Lloyd Arnold and our local candidates were also in attendance. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a successful one!

We’ve had a change in candidates for County Council, District One, with the withdrawal of Joe Guinto who accepted a job opportunity that requires him to relocate. We hate to lose Joe as a candidate. However, I am happy to announce that Mike Roos has stepped up to the challenge and will be the Republican candidate for County Council, District One, which is made up of Luce, Grass, Jackson and Clay 1. We will be holding a caucus this Saturday, August 16, to replace Joe in the County Council, At-Large, seat which he also had to resign.. Unexpected things happen in life and when one door closes, another always opens. I wish Joe and his family the best in their future. A first for Spencer County is happening this Saturday… a Town Convention in Santa Claus. It seems we have two Town Council seats up for election. Incumbents Mike Johaness and Ron Smith have filed as well as newcomer Sherrill Clark. This situation requires the convening of a Republican Town Convention which has been officially called and will be held upstairs at the Santa Claus American Legion on Saturday, August 16, at 11:00 a.m. I have appointed past County Chairman, and Santa Claus resident, Jeff Lindsey to act as Chairman of the Convention. I sincerely thank Jeff for agreeing to accept this important position.

The Spencer County Fair Sizzlin Summer Fest was well…sizzlin! a very hot and humid afternoon, but it didn’t stop the folks and our candidates from coming. We popped almost 50 pounds of popcorn at the event. That’s a lot of free popcorn! Thanks to our candidates for hanging tough in the heat, and special thanks to Coroner Robert Fuller for making balloon animals and figures for all the children.

Save the date of Thursday, August 21, for the BIG Perry-Spencer Republican Picnic at Mulzer?s Camp, where you will hear from the entire 2014 Republican ticket. Also numerous elected state and local officials will be attending. Don’t miss this Republican event of events!!!

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,

The golf scramble was a great success (except for the rain) with six teams from Spencer County and approximately 30 hole sponsors. Thanks to Holiday World and the Foertsch family for their continued support of this event.

The Republican tent was set up at both fairs and the Freedom Festival. We popped and gave away over 150 pounds of our delicious popcorn. There was an amazing Republican turnout for the Freedom Festival parade. The GOP float with our new sign featuring our logo was loaded down with Party faithful. Special thanks to Gary Adams for getting our float ready by installing the new sign and building the rack for all the candidate signs on top of the float. We also had several candidates attending the parade…Jim Seiler for Commissioner, Kelly Corne for Prosecutor, Robert Fuller for Coroner, Jim McDurmon for Sheriff, Autumn Winkler for Auditor, Mark Messmer for State Senate, Suzanne Crouch for State Auditor represented by Spencer County coordinator Marlene Bowen and husband, John, and State Representative Ron Bacon.

Many thanks to all the candidates, volunteers, contributors and Party faithful for help at these events!

Also, happy to announce we have filled the third spot on the ballot for Huff Township Board with Phil Leibering, and the third spot for Grass Township Board with Gary McDaniel.

Upcoming events in July include the Spencer County GOP Clay Shoot on July 20, and a fundraiser for State Senate candidate Mark Messmer on July 27.

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair

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

May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans
It’s been a busy month! The Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner was a huge success with nearly 290 in attendance. My sincere appreciation goes out to all who attended, to the dinner committee for their hard work, and to our special guests Congressman Larry Bucshon, and State Representatives Lloyd Arnold and Ron Bacon. A highlight of the evening was the surprise visit of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. Also attending was IFYR Chair Michael Neal. We had another full house at the second “Meet The Candidates” breakfast held on April 26 at Republican Headquarters. Special thanks to event sponsors Mason and Debbie Foertsch, and Donnie and Peggy Winkler. Spencer County was well represented at the Perry County Lincoln Day Dinner with John and Jerriann Burroughs, Mason and Debbie Foertsch, Tom and Vicki Brauns, Mike Roos, Kenny and Kim Coultas, and myself in attendance.

A HUGE thank you goes to Larry Snyder for opening Republican Headquarters daily for the month preceding the primary election. His dedication is more than appreciated! Some of you may have noticed Republican Headquarters has a fresh coat of paint. Thanks to John Clark for his efforts with pressure washing, painting, and other repairs and maintenance. We have also enlarged our parking lot to help accommodate our large crowds. Thanks to Lee Frobeter for donating over 30 tons of white rock for the expansion and to Blake Clark for helping with the grade work. A very long primary season has come to an end and we congratulate the winners. I commend all the candidates for their hard work, but especially the Sheriff candidates who campaigned for over a year. Each one of them worked very hard and did it with class and integrity!

A caucus of the Luce Township Precinct Committeemen was held May 11, to fill a vacancy on the Township Board due to the death of Jo Ann Roop. Our sincere sympathies are extended to her family. Ramona Beatty was selected to finish the term, and will be a candidate for the position on the Republican ticket in the November general election. The Republican State Convention will be held June 6-7 in Fort Wayne. Spencer County has been alloted seven delegates. Elected and attending from Spencer County are Vicki Brauns, John Burroughs, Kenny Coultas, Debbie Foertsch, Mike Roos, Randall Spinks, and myself.

A fundraiser will be held for State Auditor Suzanne Crouch on Saturday, June 14, at Cool Springs in Dubois County. Mark your calendars. Details will follow at a later date. It is now time to get down to business, get out, work and get this done! We have a ticket we can all be proud to support! From top to bottom we have hard working, qualified, energetic, and dedicated folks!

We have a busy month upcoming with the Spencer County Fair, the Spencer County 4-H Fair, the Southern Indiana Republican Golf Scramble, and the Rockport Freedom Fest. Volunteers will be needed and appreciated!

Republican Strong!

Jon Winkler

April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014

Greetings Fellow Republicans,
As most of you probably know, Commissioner Mickey Toler recently resigned. A caucus of Precinct Committeemen was held on March 29th to fill the vacancy in the office. We had one candidate apply for the position. Jim Seiler was unanimously elected. We thank Mickey for his service to our County and the Republican Party. Many thanks to Jim Seiler for stepping up and accepting this responsibility. A second caucus is scheduled for April 12th at 10:00 am to fill Seiler?s vacated at-large council seat.

Last week I attended a meeting of the Eighth District Republican Committee held in Washington with Eighth District Chairman Rick Martin. Two of the three candidates for State Treasurer, Don Bates Jr. and Wayne Seybold, spoke at the meeting.

Republican Headquarters will be open daily (hours by chance) from now through primary election day. Stop in for some popcorn or call 812-686-1969 with any questions between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner is coming up April 22nd at Santa?s Lodge in Santa Claus. Don?t forget to renew your Pachyderm Club membership to be entered for the special prize drawing at the dinner. You must be present to win. You can print the Pachyderm Club form online at the following link:

Click to access 2014PachydermLevels.pdf

With the primary fast approaching our candidates are out working hard, going door to door, putting up signs and attending local events. We will host another FREE ?Meet the Candidates? breakfast on April 26th at Republican Headquarters. Hope to see many of you there.

Jon Winkler
Jon Winkler, Chair