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 July 21, 2020


VCRP Reagan Day: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Event: Vanderburgh County Republican Party Reagan Day
Date : Thursday August 20, 2020
Time: Registration / Cash Bar 5:15 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm
Where: Evansville County Club, 3810 Stringtown Rd, Evansville
Dash for Cash <> Silent Auction
Guest Speaker:  Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch 
  • Tickets $100 per Person (includes Dinner and Dash for Cash Ticket)
  • $25 per additional Dash for Cash Ticket
Mark your calendar and plan to join the VCRP at the Evansville Country Club on Thursday, August 20, 2020 for our annual Reagan Day celebration.
Watch for invitation. Contact Mary Jo Kaiser for more information at 812-425-8207.

November Election: 

Filing Period to run for EVSC Board of Trustees begins this Wednesday,  July 22, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, is the first day an individual may file a petition of nomination to be a candidate for the EVSC Board of Trustees (School Board) in the General Election.  One seat in District 1 and 2 seats in District 3 are up for election in 2020. Qualified individuals interested in running for the School Board can file State Forms CAN-34 (Petition of Nomination and Consent for School Board Office and Elected in 2020) and CAN-12 (Statement of Economic Interests for Local and School Board Offices) with the county election board starting this Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The filing period to run for the School Board ends at Noon on Friday August 21, 2020.  School Board races are non-partisan.
For more information contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207.
For a list of 2020 General Election partisan contests and non-partisan School Board seats up for election

Governor Holcomb :
Back On Track Indiana Phase 4.5  Restrictions Continue through July 31
(from 7/16/2 Press Release)
  Last week Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the majority of the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 31.  “As we actively track our health indicators and monitor the data, we continue to see the need to maintain our current levels found on Indiana’s Back On Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “By exercising caution, good hygiene, wearing masks and engaging in proper physical distancing, we can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 so when prudent, we can further reopen our state for business.”

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will continue to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
  • The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
  • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

The state has updated its requirements for events that are permitted according to Stage 4.5. Events that expect more than 250 attendees are now required to submit a safety plan to their local health department for approval prior to opening. This is effective July 23.

Other social gatherings and meetings remain limited to no more than 250 people.

   Read the entire July 16, 2020 Press Release HERE.
   Read Executive Order 20-36 Back On Track Indiana: Continuation of Stage 4.5
   For full details about our Phase 4.5 of the Back on Track plan click HERE.

Vanderburgh COVID-19 Fatalities: 
 Although COVID -19 positive test results for Vanderburgh County continue to increase (a function of increased testing), the total number of deaths attributed to the virus remains 6. By comparison, a review of the Indiana State Department of Health Mortality Reports for Vanderburgh County for the period 2011 – 2017 indicate an annual average of 36 deaths attributed to influenza and pneumonia, an average of 18.5 deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, and an average of 8.8 homicides annually.
Unfortunately the official pandemic death toll cannot measure the the economic cost, social ramifications, and excess non COVID-19 deaths caused by pandemic related mandates and associated public fear.

 VCRP Central Committee Meeting – Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: GOP Headquarters,815 John Street, Evansville
Meetings are open to all Vanderburgh County Precinct Committeemen.
Contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207 if you have any questions.

 VCRP Monthly Breakfast – Saturday August 15, 2020
WHERE: C.K. Newsome Center , Room 118A-B
100 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713
     TIME: 7:30 – Doors Open (Complimentary Continental Breakfast)
8:00 – Program
9:00- Adjourn
For more information contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207 or email beamerjo59@gmail.com

Winnecke Golf Outing – Friday September 18
Event: Friends of Winnecke Annual Golf Outing
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Location: Fendrich Golf Course
Invites will be sent in August.
For more information Email: mandi@friendsofmayorwinnecke.com

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

 City Council Meeting-
For more information visit the

City Council webpage

 County Council Meeting-
 For more information visit

County Council webpage

 County Commission Meeting-
 For more information visit

County Commissioners webpage


Get the Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:


Coronavirus Home

Governor Holcomb Executive Orders

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State Reps. Hostettler, McNamara:
Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership
(Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, July 16, 2020)
Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Reps. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) and Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville). The program aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Hostettler said more than 1,600 farms and businesses that grow, raise, produce or process agriculture items in the state participate in Indiana Grown and new members join almost daily.
“There are a lot of businesses in Indiana and we want them to succeed,” Hostettler said. “As a community, it is important to support our local farms, stores and artists when we can. Indiana Grown helps Hoosier consumers know they are buying local goods with unique labeling, and dedicated areas in grocery stores and shops.”  According to Hostettler, Indiana Grown members and partners include farmers, producers, processors, artisans, retailers, grocers and restaurants. Hoosiers can join for free online at IndianaGrown.org, and have to provide information to ensure their products meet Indiana Grown’s guidelines.
McNamara said consumers can also go to IndianaGrown.org for local shopping guides, recipes using Hoosier-sourced goods, locations of nearby farmers markets, and their popular Indiana Grown maps, trails and guides. “This program offers many benefits including marketing, branding and networking to reach a wider customer base,” McNamara said. “For businesses thinking about joining or wanting more information, I highly encourage you to visit Indiana Grown’s website and become a member today.”
Housed within the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, McNamara said in the last five years Indiana Grown worked with partners to connect schools with local food producers, paved the way for more locally sourced options in hospitals and made local products more readily available to consumers in grocery stores.  “My time with Indiana Grown has been truly rewarding,” said Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman. “More important than these high impact projects are the ripple effects each one has created for our members and partners.”
For a complete timeline of Indiana Grown’s past five years and more information, visit IndianaGrown.org.

Former House Speaker Bosma to leave office July 31 after more than 34 years of public service :
(Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Friday, July 17, 2020 )

After having the privilege of serving our state for more than 34 years, I am leaving with many friendships, experiences and memories – but even greater than all of those is my optimism for Indiana’s future. We have made tremendous strides in nearly every category, from our enviable fiscal health to our top-ranked infrastructure and business climate. While there is more work to do and new challenges ahead, Indiana is fortunate to have strong conservative leaders at the helm who can carry our momentum forward.”

Bosma, first elected Indiana House Speaker in 2004, was the state’s longest-serving Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives. During that time, he said notable policy accomplishments included passing a historic 20-year, fully funded roads plan, cutting or eliminating 14 taxes in the last 15 years, passing property tax reform and right-to-work, and empowering parents through implementing and expanding school choice.

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


Trump says he won’t issue national mask mandate :
President Trump says he will not issue a national mandate requiring Americans to wear masks in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. “I want people to have a certain freedom and I don’t believe in that, …”.      Read More

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
July 22 First day for school board candidates to file
August 15 GOP Monthly Breakfast
August 20 Reagan Day Celebration
August 21 (Noon) Deadline for school board candidates to file
September 18 Friends of Winnecke Golf Outing

  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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