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Risk, Meece to speak at Republican Club meeting

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Kristi Risk
Two political candidates will be the featured speakers at the March Clay County Republican Club meeting.

The meeting will take place Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center, 120 S. Franklin St., Brazil.

The first speaker will be 8th Congressional candidate, Kristi Risk.

Jim Meece
Risk and her husband, David, reside in Spencer, with their four children.

She is an avid hunter and 2nd amendment advocate, has been active in her county through 4-H, community sports, church, and many charitable outreaches.

She believes strongly in local involvement because she holds the opinion that what you invest in, you will have a stronger sense of responsibility toward.

She and her husband have home-schooled their children for 12 years, and continue to do so with great enthusiasm.

David is an airframe and power plant technician for Federal Express and Kristi is a substitute teacher for Spencer-Owen Community Schools.

In 2011, she completed her bachelor's degree in Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University, Lake Charles, La., and is a clinical member of the National Christian Counseling Association.

As a home-school parent, Kristi has had time to study and educate herself on the roots and history of our nation and the structure and progression of government.

She says she understands the vision of the Founding Fathers for limited government and respect of individual rights.

The second speaker will be District 42 State Representative candidate, Parke County Commissioner Jim Meece.

Meece earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1972, a master's degree from DePauw University in 1989, and has been employed as a teacher at Turkey Run High School for 27 years, teaching government, economics and United States history.

He has served as County Commissioner for the past 10 years, being elected three times.

He and his wife, Gayle, live in northern Parke County, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Meece is currently the president of the Wabash Valley West Central Indiana School Insurance Trust, of which he has been a trustee since the trust was created in 1991.

The Trust was created by 17 school corporations joining forces at the most cost-efficient manner. It covers approximately 2,600 people.

As Parke County Commissioner, Meece organized and led the community effort to replace the 1868 double span Bridgeton Covered Bridge that was destroyed by arson in 2005.

The entire community, as well as surrounding communities, were united in the effort, and, through community volunteerism and multiple donations of dollars, materials and labor, the bridge was replaced and opened in 18 months at no cost to the taxpayers of Parke County.

Meece also served on the founding board which created the Parke County Learning Center.

Following the closing of one of the very few employers of the county, which resulted in the loss of more than 130 jobs, Parke County received a $200,000 grant from Indiana Workforce Development to help retrain the displaced workers.

Rather than simply paying someone to retrain the workers, a group of community leaders gathered and leveraged the dollars to attract a CAPE III grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and developed a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, which led to the creation of the Learning Center.

The Learning Center has been a robust success for those seeking higher education and skills development in Parke County and the surrounding counties.

Meece was the host of the long running "Wabash Valley Gospel Sing" every Sunday morning on WAXI Radio for 15 years until the show ended in November last year.

When asked why he seeks the position of state representative, he said it was his intention to help bring common sense, respect, and cooperation to state government in order for it to better serve the people of Indiana.

Clay County Republican Club meetings are open to the public.

For more information about the club, visit its Facebook page at Clay County Republicans.

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Republicans do not look after the poor in this county!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 11:51 AM

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