Republican party chairperson Jennifer Buell announced at Friday's Lincoln Day Dinner that in the November election, out of 37 Republican candidates running for state office, 30 were elected and across the state in county elections, Republican numbers increased from 32 to 42.
Republican Leader of the Indiana House of Representatives Brian Bosma was the featured speaker for the event at Center Point United Methodist Church.
"Hoosiers have termed this the "decade of neglect" and it's time to establish a vision for Indiana that provides for economic prosperity in the next 10 years," Bosma said.
Creating jobs immediately, increasing earning wages above the national average, students ranking in the top 10 percent and providing an equilibrium between college graduates and retaining them in the state's professional workforce is the Republican plan. As of July 1 the Hoosier Grace Commission will redesign government, making strategic investments and restructuring taxes.
"I'm convinced the next Indiana governor will be Republican. But if the House and Senate is controlled by the Democrats, a Republican governor might as well pack it up and go home. Only with a strong Republican House and Senate, can we re-invent state government and put Indiana on the right track," Bosma said.
Republican candidate for Indiana Governor, Petersburg Mayor Randy Harris, said he will campaign the only way he knows how. By knocking on doors, listening to what people have to say, and taking plenty of notes, he was elected three times as Petersburg's mayor.
Other Republican candidates for Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels and Eric Miller, did not attend.
David Ford, Republican candidate for Indiana Lieutenant Governor, said, "It's not enough to create casinos and put money in Indianapolis. We have to bring business and industry to the smaller communities and bring agriculture back to its prominence."
House District 44 Representative Andy Thomas said Republicans are on the move in Clay County and thanked those who helped in his campaign, saying he won because of the team effort.
"I've got some good news tonight. Senate Bill 166 will bring $581,000 to Clay County that you didn't expect and House Bill 1155 will allow Clay County to build a new jail to replace second oldest jail in the state. It will be large enough to house Indiana Department of Corrections inmates which will bring additional revenue to Clay County," Thomas said.
House District 46 Representative Brooks LaPlante said, " The country has seen 33 recessions, 10 of them since World War II. That's not good for businesses or families, but it's good for government because it puts a check on spending. Indiana government hasn't had the discipline to control spending, but I think Republicans can change all that. In 2007, inventory tax will be eliminated, but why wait? Let's consider making Clay County the first in the western part of the state to eliminate inventory tax."