HAPPENINGS AT THE VANDERBURGH GOP

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Central Committee:
     Wayne Parke, Chairman
     Mary Jo Kaiser, Political Director
     Dottie Thomas, Vice Chairman
     Lon Walters, Secretary
     Farley Smith, Treasurer
     Kevin Harrison, Editor  
News and Upcoming Events for May 19, 2020

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CLERK CONFIRMS EARLY VOTING TO BEGIN MAY 26TH
(From May 14, 2020 Press Release by Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla J Hayden
Last week Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden confirmed that “in-person” absentee voting, commonly referred to as “early voting”, will begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  Although the Civic Center remains closed for most activities, early voting at the Civic Center will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Early voting will be held on the first floor of the Civic Center, and voters should enter at the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrance. Voters will only have access to the early voting polling site within the Civic Center.
The County Commissioners, Mayor Winnecke, and I determined that this solution would be the least disruptive to voters accustomed to voting at the Civic Center.“, said Hayden.
Early Voting at the libraries will also begin at noon on Tuesday, May 26.

Early Voting (Absentee In-Person)  BEGINS NEXT WEEK:
Early Voting for the 2020 Primary will be held for one week, beginning Tuesday May 26, 2020  and ending at Noon on Monday June 1, 2020.
 Early Voting Dates and Locations are:
* At the Election Office : Although the Civic Center remains closed for most activities,  Early Voting will be held on the first floor of the Civic Center, and voters should enter at the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. entrance.
. Tuesday May 26, 2020 – Friday May 29, 2020 -> Daily 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
. Saturday –  May 30, 2020 ->  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
. Monday June 1, 2020 – > 8:00 am to NOON
 
* Early Voting at Satellite locations :
 Weekdays at Central, McCollough, Northpark, Oaklyn, and Red Bank Libraries:
. Tuesday May 26, 2020 – Friday May 29, 2020
. Hours are Tuesday- Thursday noon to 6:00 pm , Friday noon-5:00 pm
Saturday Voting at Northeast Park Baptist & Cedar Hall School:
. May 30, 2020  -> 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Early Vote Locations:
1 NW ML King Jr., Rm 216
2100 N. Fulton Ave
200 SE MLK BLVD
5115 Washington Ave
960 Koehler Dr.
215 N. Boeke Rd
3001 Oaklyn Dr.
120 S. Red Bank

Voting by Mail:
DEADLINE to request Application for Absentee Ballot is this Thursday,
May 21, 2020.
ALL REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE STATE OF INDIANA MAY CAST AN ABSENTEE MAIL-IN BALLOT FOR THE 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION.  Refer to in.gov Absentee Voting webpage for more information.
To vote Absentee by mail:
 Request an APPLICATION FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT by contacting the Vanderburgh County Election Office at 812-435-5122, or by downloading the APPLICATION FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT found on the Vanderburgh County Clerk Elections web page .
Mail the completed  APPLICATION FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT  to:
Vanderburgh County Election
P.O. Box 3343
Evansville, IN 47732-3343
The deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received by the Election Office for the 2020 Primary Election is 11:59 p.m., Thursday May 21, 2020.
  If you have any questions, please call the Election Office at 812-435-5122.
 The Vanderburgh County Election Office is located at : Civic Center Complex, Room 216
1 NW ML King Jr. BLVD ,Evansville, IN

Primary Election Day Tuesday June 2, 2020:  On Election Day, JUNE 2, 2020, the polls open at 6:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM. Registered Vanderburgh County voters may vote at any Vote Center that is convenient for them. If you need information about a voter’s registration, you can call the Voter’s Registration Office at (812) 435-5223. For other election questions, you can call the Election Office at (812) 435-5122.

 

2020 Republican Primary Candidates
FEDERAL
President of the United States      Donald J. Trump (incumbent)
 William Weld
U S Representative District 8       Larry Bucshon (incumbent)
STATE
Governor                       Eric Holcomb (incumbent)
  Lt. Governor                       Suzanne Crouch (incumbent)
(selected at GOP State Convention)
 Attorney General                 Nate Harter
(selected at GOP State Convention)      Curtis T. Hill, Jr. (incumbent)
(Vote for 1)                       John Westercamp
 State Senate District 50               Vaneta Becker (incumbent)
State Representative  Dist. 64       Matt Hostettler (incumbent)
State Representative  Dist. 76       Wendy McNamara (incumbent)
State Representative  Dist. 77            OPEN
State Representative  Dist. 78       Holli Sullivan (incumbent)
VANDERBURGH
Clerk of the Circuit Court             Carla Hayden (incumbent)
County Recorder                           Debbie Stucki (incumbent)
County Treasurer                          Dottie Thomas
County Coroner                                  OPEN
County Surveyor                           Linda Freeman
County Commissioner Dist. 1      Zachary Rascher
County Commissioner Dist. 3      Randall Chapman
(Vote for 1)                             Cheryl Musgrave (incumbent)
County Council At-Large            Billy D. Garrett
(Vote for not more than 3)               Jill Anne Hahn
        Joe Kiefer (incumbent)
        Angela Koehler Lindsey (incumbent)
PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN RACES:
WARD TWO PRECINCT 17
Vote for ONE (1)
TIM BRAY
JOHN MONTRASTELLE
WARD THREE PRECINCT 17
Vote for ONE (1)
STEVE SCHAEFER
G. MICHAEL SCHOPMEYER
WARD FIVE PRECINCT 5
Vote for ONE (1)
FARLEY P SMITH
ALICE B WORK
WARD SIX PRECINCT 5
Vote for ONE (1)
ERIC B. SCHMIDT
DOTTIE THOMAS
ARMSTRONG TWP PRECINCT 1
Vote for ONE (1)
JASON GERTEISEN
VICTORIA LANGTON
CENTER TWP PRECINCT 4
Vote for ONE (1)
THERESA R. BASSEMIER
KATHLEEN KAT MOLLOY
SCOTT TWP PRECINCT 1
Vote for ONE (1)
CHRIS LANTAFF
JOHN B. WILLIAMS
SCOTT TWP PRECINCT 5
Vote for ONE (1)
STEVE HAMMER
MARTHA C. STOTT
STATE CONVENTION DELEGATE RACES:
WARD ONE & KNIGHT TOWNSHIP
Vote for not more than Six (6)
JEFFREY W. AHLERS
TOM BOZIKIS
JOSHUA A. CLAYBOURN
BETTY J HERMANN
MARY JO KAISER
TIM O’BRIEN
WAYNE PARKE
HOLLY DUNN PENDLETON
SEAN SELBY
WARD TWO & WARD FOUR
Vote for not more than Six (6)
STEVE ARY
TIM BRAY
ARCHIE CARTER
MARY ELLEN COKER
CARLA J. HAYDEN
GINA HERMANN
NICHOLAS HERMANN
STEVE HERMANN
CAROL MCCLINTOCK
GREG PEETE
NATALIE RASCHER
ZAC RASCHER
E. LON WALTERS
LLOYD WINNECKE
WARD THREE & WARD SIX
Vote for not more than Seven (7)
DAVID CHRISTMAS
WENDY JO CHRISTMAS
SHERRY FARMER
GLEN J. KISSEL
STEVE SCHAEFER
ERIC B. SCHMIDT
G. MICHAEL SCHOPMEYER
LINDA SINGER
DOTTIE THOMAS
GABE WHITLEY
 WARD FIVE
Vote for not more than Five (5)
MARSHA ABELL BARNHART
RICHARD F. BARNHART
VICKI BROWN
MICHELLE C. MERCER
CHRISTOPHER POLITANO
PEGGY L. POLITANO 7
FARLEY P. SMITH
JAMES F. TOLEN
ARMSTRONG & SCOTT TOWNSHIPS
Vote for not more than Five (5) 
JASON GERTEISEN
STEVE HAMMER
JOSEPH J. OPPEE
HOBART SCALES
MARTHA C. STOTT
NICHOLAS J. WILDEMAN
JOHN B. WILLIAMS
TERESA D. WINK
 
 

 Current status of the Governor’s Roadmap to Reopening is Stage 2 :
 We are currently in Stage 2 of the Governor ‘s  5 Stages to get Indiana Back on Track roadmap. This phase of the reopening of Indiana’s economy lasts until May 24.
  • Hoosiers over 65 and those with high-risk conditions should remain home.
  • Lifting essential travel restrictions & allowing gatherings of 25 people
  • Retail stores, shopping malls and commercial businesses can open at 50% capacity
  • Restaurants can open at 50% capacity
  • Personal services may also open by appointment only
  • Office workers should continue working remotely, if possible.
Learn more about the Back on Track Indiana roadmap for reopening Indiana at backontrack.in.gov 

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 VCRP Central Committee Meeting – CANCELLED
Contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207 if you have any questions.

EVSC Board of School Trustees Meeting-
 For more information visit the Board of School Trustees web page.

 The Evansville Civic Center is CLOSED to the public until further notice.
 Visit www.evansvillegov.org for City of Evansville information.

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  Editor’s Note:

Memorial Day 2020 –
Next Monday, May 25, 2020, is Memorial Day. As we continue to deal with the difficulties and sacrifices made during the coronavirus pandemic, we must never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by American patriots that served in our armed forces. These men and women ARE the true heros. In the face of imminent danger or certain death, they did not allow fear to debilitate them from doing what had to be done to preserve our freedom.
We could learn from their example. We must jealously guard our freedoms and defend our Constitution with the same resolve as the patriots whose graves we will decorate in the coming days. We must honor their sacrifice with a vigilance to stand against those that would use the pandemic as a means to erode our freedoms. We cannot allow the use of fear to cloud our judgement, or to advance a political agenda. If the servicemen we honor on Memorial Day did not allow fear to keep them from storming the beaches of Normandy, Guadalcanal or Iwo Jima should we truly be fearful of the act of casting a ballot in person?
Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
This Memorial Day honor our fallen heroes, embrace your family, and take stock it what is means to be an American.
Happy Memorial Day.
–  Kevin Harrison, VCRP Information Coordinator

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Delegates Will Select Nominees for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General
  • The convention will be broadcast live from their studios from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on June 18th.
  • Ballots will arrive to delegates around June 22, 2020.
  • The ballot will allow each delegate to indicate his or her top choice.
    • As long as that top choice remains an option, the delegate’s vote is cast for that candidate.
    • The ballot will also allow, but does not require, a delegate to pick who they would vote for if their top candidate is dropped.
    • Once dropped, if no other choices are selected by a delegate, that delegate’s ballot is no longer cast.
  • The deadline to receive returned ballots is July 9th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Votes will be counted and results will be announced July 10.

Legislative Council Assigns Study Topics 
(from Indianasenaterepublicans 05/15/20 post)
Over the summer and fall, lawmakers meet to take a deep look at a variety of issues in order to get a better grasp on how to address them in the next legislative session. These meetings are referred to as study committees.This year, due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators may not be able to meet for study committees in the traditional way and may opt instead for virtual meetings and other forms of communication. In addition to the topics already planned for study, COVID-19 has brought to light a number of other issues our government has never been faced with before.            Read more

Thanking our Military Heroes this Memorial Day
By State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville)

There’s a folk song that was written back in the mid-1950s and hit the charts in the early-1960s titled, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” It takes the listener from a point of flowers being picked by young girls who in turn eventually marry young men who become young soldiers that die in war and the graves that are decorated with flowers.

On Memorial Day we are obliged to show our reverence to those young American men who died in all of the early wars of our country’s history, and now also the young women who have paid the wages for freedom and liberty.

The white marble stones and crosses that stand eternally in cemeteries and places of honor in this country, and in foreign lands, with the names of the young, brave warriors who marched into war, held their positions in combat and whose courage overcame fear inspires us to recognize their sacrifices and respectfully as a nation say, “Thank you dear comrades; to you we are most grateful.”

As Americans we are bound to forever display our gratitude to those who truly define the word HERO. We thank our brothers and sisters who wear our country’s military uniforms and stand tall in the ranks, and we are grateful to our God who has blessed us with them.

Respectfully,
Senator Jim Tomes

 
Stay in touch with GOP state legislators representing our area (click links below):

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Learn more about the
United States Space Force HERE
The flag of the nation’s newest military branch was unveiled May 15, 2020 during a ceremony in the Oval Office. President Donald Trump watched as the flag was unfurled and designated it the official banner of the Space Force. This is the first new military flag released in 72 years.
  • Read Remarks by President Trump at Presentation of the United States Space Force Flag and Signing of an Armed Forces Day Proclamation HERE.
  • Watch as President Trump Participates in the Presentation of the United States Space Force Flag HERE

Stay in touch with GOP members of Congress representing our area (click links below):

Visit the Vanderburgh GOP 

page for daily updates.

  Mark Your calendar                CLICK on event for more information
May 21 Deadline to Request Absentee-by-Mail Ballot
May 26 Early Voting In-Person Begins
May 30 Saturday Early Voting In-Person
June 1 (Noon) Early Voting In-Person Ends
June 2 Primary Election Day
June 16 Voter Registration Begins

  Make sure you add vandygop@gmail.com to your address book so we’ll be sure to land in your inbox!

If you have any questions, contact Mary Jo Kaiser, VCRP Political Director, at

or (812) 425-8207.
for more info. Thank you.
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