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Candidates set for 2020
Kylan Higgs


Candidates for the 2020 General Election have now been finalized, re-ports Election Deputy Brenda King.

June 30 was the last day political parties could caucus and fill any unfilled slots for the ballot. This information had to be turned in to the Election Office by noon Monday, July 6.

With the final list of candidates locked in for the fall election, the Jennings County Democratic and Republican Party chairpersons gave their thoughts on the matter.

Democrats

Even though it's a small slate of Democrats for the 2020 General Election, local Democratic Party Chairperson Jane Coquerille said she is very happy with their two competitive candidates.

Floyd Bowman, who is running for District One Commissioner, had a demonstrated a strong running during the 2020 Primary Election, according to Coquerille, which pleased her and other Dems.

At the recent caucus, one other slot was filled, with Stephanie Schoett-mer signing on to compete for one of three open county council seats. She is the lone Demo candidate for the three jobs.

Shoettmer comes from a political background, and Coquerille says the party is ecstatic to have a strong female candidate running for this position. Coquerille is unsure if a woman has ever succeeded in serving on this council. (If you are aware of this history, please contact this writer at the Plain Dealer & Sun office).

In regards to the fact that 6 of the positions up for election this year has no Democrat in the running, Coquerille addressed the issue shortly after the Primary Election results were tallied.

She noted she was only elected to the party's top spot in January. Shortly afterwards, the global pandemic hit which made it difficult to organize for the campaign. Maintaining social distancing and minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19 is extremely difficult, not just for the Democratic Party, but for any public office.

"Our party is very safety-minded and we are focusing on the much bigger picture," Coquerille said.

"You can be assured in the next election that we will have a strong field of Democrats on the ballot," she added with certainty. "We hope to see positive changes in Washington."

She says their main goal currently is registering voters and helping people file for absentee ballots. The party hopes to accomplish this goal Saturday, July 11, during their "Democrat Drive-Up Lunch" fundraiser. Members are using their "handy windows" at the front of headquarters to serve up food and push voter registration. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Safety guidelines will be followed, such as wearing masks and gloves and wrapping up food carry-out style. Party members hope to see you there 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.!

For more information on the fundraiser, see page 11A

GOP is Confident

Jennings County Republican Party Chair-person Jeanie Hahn is excited about their full slate of candidates. Her party continues to recruit people who have experience and good qualifications for their jobs, she says.

With just two competitive races, Hahn noted "Bob Willhite is an excellent Commissioner. Gene Rudicel, Howard Mal-comb, and Dave Woodall will continue our Coun-cil's progress toward maintaining fiscal responsibility with tax payers funds."

Hahn also says that the state has an excellent Congressman in Greg Pence and that his candidacy is helped since "he is our neighbor (from Columbus)." Representa-tive Pence visits here often and knows first hand the needs of his consistency, according to Hahn.

This local leader also is a fan of Governor Holcomb, who "has taken Indiana to a new level of excellence with the help of State Representative Randy Frye and State Senator Chip Perfect."

Hahn says it is imperative that voters cast their ballots for all Republicans this fall, because in her opinion, "Our country is being torn apart piece by piece by socialist, Marxist, anarchists. Even Abraham Lincoln's legacy is defamed."

The JC Republican chairperson reminds voters that the Republican Party was formed to abolish slavery. "We are all in for racial equality. We do not support defunding law enforcement or advocate any form of violence."

"Most of us just want peace. We want to rationally work out our differences in a productive way. The destruction of businesses and attacks on citizens of all races and nationalities has most of us horrified. We must protect the USA, not tear it down with our own hands."

Her solution?

"Vote Republican."





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