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GOP candidates meet with public

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Clay County Republican Central Committee Chairman Sharon Koehler discusses Lincoln Day Dinner activities with Vice Chairman Paul Sinders. The dinner drew approximately 100 guests Saturday and took place at the Center Point United Methodist Church. [Order this photo]
CENTER POINT -- Sharon Koehler has been involved with the Clay County Republican Central Committee for six years.

When she first joined, she witnessed a lot of excitement as Mitch Daniels was making his official run as governor of Indiana.

Since then, things have quieted down.

Until recently.

"I think people didn't get the change they were looking for," Koehler said at the committee's annual Lincoln Day Dinner, which took place Saturday at the Center Point United Methodist Church.

The dinner provided an opportunity for county residents to meet with those who are running for office this year.

Four of the eight Republican candidates for United States Representative District 8 were on hand to speak at the event, including Bud Bernitt, John Lee Smith, Kristi Risk and Steve Westell.

In addition, incumbent State Senator District 39 John Waterman attended, as did Jim Baird, who is running for State Representative District 44, and Bob Heaton, who is running for State Representative District 46, along with a handful of representatives of others who are running for office, as well as several local residents running for office at the county level.

Like the first dinner she helped coordinate, Koehler said interest among the public is of great value this year.

"There's so much interest with what is going on. And a lot of frustration," Koehler said. "Enthusiasm has been growing."

Koehler said she saw several new faces at Saturday's dinner.

"That's a good turnout for us," she said.

The plan was to showcase the candidates running for office in the 8th District, one many refer to as the "Bloody Eighth."

"The 8th District is a wide open seat right now," Koehler said. "In a year like this, when you've got a wide open congressional seat, I think this is very important. It really gives people an opportunity to meet (candidates)."

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Great job Sharon. We all had a really good time. We will have that much fun again on November 2nd PM. 20-10 in 2010.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 7:56 AM

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