By DIANE DIERKS
"This is going to be the year of the Democrats," were the words spoken by Clyde Kersey, Indiana District 43 State Representative, at the Clay County Democrat dinner, held Friday at Traditions banquet hall in Brazil.
Vern Tincher, Indiana District 46 State Representative, hopes with the governor's approval rating of 39 percent, the Democrats will be able to pick up three seats to gain control of the Indiana House of Representatives.
After dinner was served, Kersey took time to summarize campaign platforms that he announced as, "Seven reasons we are going to win."
-Major moves - Some democratic party members believe the selling of the toll road to a foreign company was not a good move for the state of Indiana.
-Daylight-Saving Time - Many citizens would like to end Indiana's daylight-saving time.
-School funding - According to Kersey, 152 schools have less operating funds.
-Privatization of institutions - Kersey believes that privately owned institutions will not be able to offer the same level of service as state owned institutions.
-Property tax increases - The state representative said property taxes could rise as much as 20 percent under the current administration.
-License branches - Kersey reported that some citizens now drive 60 - 70 miles to reach a branch of the Department of Motor Vehicle.
-Voter identification law - Kersey expressed displeasure regarding the new law and commented, "Having to show voter I.D. is undemocratic."
Joe Pearson, Democratic candidate for Indiana Secretary of State, reiterated Kersey's comments during his key note address when he commented, "This is the year that we must muster the vote. "We will ensure that we have a representative form of government and we will hold every person in public office accountable."