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Chairman’s Comments on Sheriff’s Race

February 23, 2010 1 comment

“I am disappointed in Bart McAtee’s decision to disregard the votes of his fellow Republican activists at our slating convention and remain in the race for Marion County Sheriff. It is a selfish decision, but one that fits perfectly with the culture of cronyism and nepotism that has plagued the Sheriff’s department for years.

“I am sure that Dennis Fishburn will prevail in the primary because he represents a culture of achievement and integrity that stands in direct opposition to the political entanglements and back room dealings that are represented by Mr. McAtee. Dennis Fishburn feels that he owes the citizens of Marion County, not that Marion County owes him. We are 100% behind Dennis Fishburn.”

Massa Files for Republican Slating Endorsement

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Dear Fellow Republicans,

It is with great pride and joy that I convey the following to you today. As I shared with you last week, after Scott Newman spent a great deal of time talking to members of the community at large, the legal community and the party, he strongly recommended Mark Massa to be our candidate for Marion County Prosecutor. After deliberating regarding the decision to enter the race, Mark has decided to seek your endorsement and has submitted his slating application and slating fee today.  He is also filing papers to open an Exploratory Campaign Committee.  We are lucky to have such an outstanding candidate step forward to lead our 2010 ticket.  I look forward to seeing you at slating.

Tom John

Chairman, Marion County Republican Party

Statement From Mark Massa

“After much deliberation and consultation with family, friends and community leaders, I have decided to submit my name for consideration by precinct committeemen and women to be their slated candidate for Marion County Prosecutor in 2010.  I will abide by the decision of the convention and, if slated, will resign my position on the Governor’s staff upon filing for the May primary next week.  I look forward to addressing the convention this Saturday and discussing in more detail my experience, ideas and motivation for seeking the most important public safety office in our community.”

MEDIA ADVISORY

Mark Massa will be available for comment and interviews at Marion County Republican Party Headquarters from 10 am to noon on Tuesday, February 9.  He will also be available that day by appointment.  All requests to be directed to Kyle Walker at 514-1276.

A Message from Chairman Tom John

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Fellow Marion County Republicans,

As you have by now learned, Helen Marchal, the sole candidate that filed for our party’s endorsement at the upcoming Marion County Republican Party Slating Convention, has chosen to withdraw from the race.  As you saw in her statement, she did so for personal and family reasons and we should all respect and appreciate someone who puts her family first.  Helen is a good Republican and someone for whom I have always had great personal respect. I know from conversations with her the decision was not made lightly and thus believe that it was the right decision.

However, Helen’s withdrawal does present a challenge for the party.  Marion County Prosecutor is an office that is essential to ensuring that our streets are safe and that the good work of Mayor Ballard and IMPD is properly supported.  Thus, I am asking one of our stalwart members of our community and the Republican Party to assist us in ensuring that we have the best candidate for the Prosecutor’s office.  I have asked Scott Newman to lead the charge to recruit a top flight candidate for Marion County Prosecutor.  Scott has agreed to undertake this challenge.  Scott will be talking to members of the community in the coming days as he searches for people of the right timber for this important office.  Scott can be reached at (317) 657-9769.

It is also important to the Central Committee and me that all of our processes are open and transparent and allow for any individual who should wish to be considered for our Party’s endorsement to be able to do so.  Moreover, I believe that you, our hard-working Ward Chairmen and Precinct Committeemen deserve the opportunity to review and comment upon those who our Party supports.  In two races, Prosecutor and House District 89, we have had late withdrawals of candidates that would deprive our Party members from choosing a candidate to endorse.  To ensure that we have an open family discussion about which candidates are right for our County, City and Party, the Central Committee has voted to re-open the candidate filing period for these two races.  Anyone who wishes to be considered for these races should file a slating application at Marion County Republican Party Headquarters by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2010.

I look forward to an exciting 2010 Election Year with all of you.  One that I believe will lead to great things for our Party, our City and our State.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Tom John

Chairman, Marion County Republican Central Committee

Statement from Helen Marchal

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Helen Marchal sent the following statement to GOP activists a few moments ago:

“Earlier today, I sent an e-mail to Tom John, the Chairman of the Republican Party in Marion County, withdrawing my application for the Party’s endorsement as a candidate for Marion County Prosecutor.

“Given the early deadline for filing for slating, and with the timing of Prosecutor Brizzi’s decision not to run for re-election so close to that deadline, I was faced with a major decision impacting myself and my family (including my three children, under the age of 7), with a deadline of less than 48 hours.  On further reflection and consideration of the sobering realities of a condensed, nine-month campaign, for personal reasons, I thought it best to withdraw my candidacy.  I have talked to the party Chairman, and am hopeful that the process can be reopened so that another candidate, the best candidate that can be found, will receive the support and the opportunity that he or she needs.  I will do all I can to be helpful in that process.

“With gratitude to all those who were willing to support me for this important trust, I am humbled and thankful.”