Election & Politics

Election & Politics
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tippecanoe County Democrats Fill Some Spots On The November Ballot, Leave Others Open

Credit Judy Baxter / https://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/

Tippecanoe County Democrats have slated six candidates for the November General Election.

At their caucus June 28th, Democrats slated Judge Tom Busch for Circuit Court Judge, Eric Grossman for county assessor, Ashley Smith for Fairfield Township Board, Larry Funk for Lauramie Township Board, Michael Childress for Wea Township Board, and Michael Oxenrider for Wabash Township Board.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with party chair Heather Maddox about how the candidates were chosen…and why the party historically has had difficulty filling all the spots on the ballot.

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Election & Politics
9:13 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Some GOP Delegates Unhappy With Party Platform

Some GOP delegates wanted to strike language from the new party platform defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Their amendment failed in a floor vote.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Indiana Republican Party passed a platform Saturday endorsing marriage that some delegates found divisive.

The language officially adopted by the party says that strong families are founded on marriages between a man and a woman. It also recognizes the value of diversity in family structures.

But the plank didn't sit well with some delegates, who saw the position as divisive and wanted to amend the platform to remove the definition all together.

Marion County delegate Tom John proposed such an amendment to the platform during the convention.

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Election & Politics
9:07 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination For Treasurer

Kelly Mitchell addressing the Indiana GOP convention in Fort Wayne after winning the party's nomination for State Treasurer.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Indiana GOP convention ran late into Saturday afternoon after a floor fight for the Indiana Treasurer nomination went through multiple votes.

There were three candidates for the Republican nomination for state treasurer going into the vote: financial advisor Don Bates; state employee Kelly Mitchell; and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold.

The first ballot was a relative toss-up, and while the second ballot showed Mitchell gaining votes, no candidate received a majority.

According to the rules, Bates was dropped after the second vote.

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Election & Politics
9:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Indiana Beginning Process To Clean Up Voter Rolls

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson

For the first time since 2006, Indiana is trying to pare down its list of voters to those who are active voters in the county in which they live.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson says postcards were mailed last week to all registered voters.

If the postcard is returned as undeliverable, the state will send out a second postcard.

If that card comes back, the state will mark the voter as inactive.

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Election & Politics
11:43 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Tippecanoe County polling locations set for 2014 primary election

Tippecanoe County officials have settled on polling locations for the 2014 primary.

Commissioners this morning approved 13 early voting sites and 19 for Election Day.

Board of Elections Co-Director Jared Bond says all of the early voting locations are consistent with previous years.

He says the list of Election Day sites has two changes.

The county will be using the Eagles Lodge on South 18th Street instead of the Brady Lane Church of Christ.

Bond says the Lodge is still on the bus line and offers better parking and more space inside.

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Election & Politics
11:18 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Interview with New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin

New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda speaks with New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin,who was on the Purdue campus to speak as part of the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication's Innovator series.

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Election & Politics
5:11 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Klinker to seek reelection

A long-time Lafayette-area state representative is seeking her 17th term in office.

Sheila Klinker announced her intentions yesterday.

The Democrat has held the District 27 House of Representatives seat since 1983.

So far Klinker is the only candidate to file campaign paperwork for that race.

In 2012 Republican Chuck Hockema ran against Klinker, earning 45.5 percent of the vote.

If a Republican does not run for the seat in the primary election, the party has until June 30th to slate a candidate for the general election.

Election & Politics
8:13 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Democrat drops out of District 4 Congressional race

Democrat Tara Nelson has decided not to run against incumbent Todd Rokita for Indiana’s District 4 congressional seat.

Nelson issued a statement yesterday announcing her decision to step out of the race “because of personal and family reasons.”

In the 2012 election, Nelson received 34% of the vote to Rokita's 62%.

That leaves John Dale of West Lafayette as the only Democrat in the race.

Election & Politics
8:31 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Teacher to run for District 4 congressional seat

A U.S. History and Government teacher is filing to run for Indiana’s District 4 congressional seat.

Democrat John Dale is in his 24th year teaching at Western Boone High School.

He graduated from Harrison High School and Wabash College.

Dale is the second Democrat to announce intentions to vie for the Fourth District congressional seat.

Tara Nelson was the party’s nominee in 2012 and is making a second run for office.

Election & Politics
8:46 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Democrat enters IN Secretary of State race

Marion County’s Clerk wants to hold a new, statewide office. Democrat Beth White is running for Secretary of State.

White admits her record as Clerk is not perfect, but says Marion County’s voting system is in better shape now because of her work.

She says she is particularly concerned with the state’s voter identification law, which she doesn’t believe will be repealed.  But she vows to have it changed, if elected.

White has served two terms as County Clerk. If elected as Secretary of State, she will be the first Democrat to hold the position in 20 years.