Former Clay Circuit Judge Ernie Yelton and former Sheriff Rob Carter Jr. will be the main speakers at the 2005 Clay County Lincoln Day Dinner.
Clay County Republicans will host their annual Lincoln Day dinner at the Center Point United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 16.
Congressman John Hostettler will also be in attendance along with a number of other local elected officials.
The dinner is open to the public and tickets are $18 and can be purchased in advance from any precinct committeeperson or will be available at the door. Clay County Republican Central Committee Chair Sharon Koehler urged citizens interested in learning more about what is happening in government to attend.
When Mitch Daniels took office as Indiana's governor in January of 2005, he looked to Clay County to fill several top positions in his administration. Former Clay Circuit Court Judge Ernie Yelton was tapped as the Executive Director of the Indiana Gaming Commission. Rob Carter, former Sheriff of Clay County, now serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the Department of Natural Resources.
"We're delighted that both men will be able to join us for our dinner," stated Koehler. "They have given such good service to our county in the past and we are eager to learn how they are currently serving our state in their new positions. It is exciting to know that Gov. Daniels recognized the leadership potential from our county not only with these leaders, but also with the appointment of David Thomas to serve in the new position of Inspector General for Indiana."
Republicans across the nation celebrate their party's history each year with Lincoln Day Dinners. In 1858 Abraham Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860. As President, Lincoln built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. The Republican Party now honors him each year with an event named in his honor.