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.
Chairman, Marion County Republican Central Committee
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.”