Republican Party to Reorganize in March 2017

The Indiana Republican Party is set to reorganize in March of 2017, a process that occurs every four years.  Indiana’s 92 county party committees, nine district committees and State committee will elect officers who will serve until March 2021.  The timetable for the reorganization is:

            County party committees – March 4, 2017

            District party committees – March 11, 2017

            State committee – March 15, 2017

Four officers will be elected to lead the committees:  Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  According to Republican Party rules, the Vice-Chairman must be of the opposite sex of the Chairman.  There is no gender rule on the other officers.

            The Republican Party Rules adopted on March 2, 2016, govern the process of reorganization.  A copy of the Rules is available on the State Party website: ( 

            The Dubois County reorganization meeting is set for 10:00 am EST on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Schnizelbank Restaurant, 393 3rd Avenue in Jasper, Indiana. 

            The persons eligible to participate in the election of officers are the Precinct Committeepersons elected at the May 2016 Primary election, the persons appointed by elected Precinct Committeepersons to be Vice-Committeepersons before May 10, 2016, and any persons appointed by the County Chairman to fill vacancies in the positions of Committeeperson or Vice-Committeepersons before October 1, 2016.  A list of the eligible participants is below:

Mr. Mark Messmer   
                          Bainbridge 1
Mr. Scott Meneilly   
                          Bainbridge 2E

Mr. Donald Hayes                              Bainbridge 2W

Mr. Doug Uebelhor                            Bainbridge 3E

Mr.  John Bell                                     Bainbridge 3W

Mr. Adrian Engelberth                       Bainbridge 4S
Mrs. Nancy Eckerle  
                          Bainbridge 5S

Mrs.  Linda Ackerman                        Bainbridge 6N
Mr. Ryan  Schuetter  
                          Bainbridge 6S

Mr. Mark Kieffner                              Boone 1

Mr. Mark Kieffner                              Boone-Jasper

 (has only one vote)

Mrs. Melanie Barrett                          Cass 1

Mr. Melvin Menke                              Cass 2

Mr. Michael Lewinski                         Columbia 1

Mr. Larry Hamilton                            Ferdinand 2

Mr.  Wade Duncan                             Hall 1

Mr. Chad Blessinger                           Harbison 1

Mr. Thomas Boehm                            Jackson 1

Mrs. Charmian Klem                          Jackson 2

Mr. Kenneth Brosmer                         Madison 2

Mr. David Prechtel                             Madison-Jasper N
Mr. David Prechtel    
                         Madison-Jasper S

(has only one vote)
Mr. Nick Hostetter     
                         Marion 2

Mr.  Eugene Peters                             Patoka 1

Mr. Jerry Hunefeld                             Patoka 6


            Officers of the county party must be a qualified Primary Republican in good standing in the party.  That is interpreted to be a voter who participated in the Republican Primary election when they last voted in a Primary or who has been certified a member “in good standing” by the County Chairman.  A voter who does not support Republican candidates after the Primary cannot be “in good standing.” 

            A candidate for County Chairman must declare intent to be a candidate in writing to the County Party Secretary AND the State Party Secretary at least seventy-two (72) hours before the start of the reorganization meeting. 

            Dubois County Republican Party Secretary    Indiana Republican Party Secretary

            Ms. Christine Prior                                          Mrs. Barbara McClellan

            107 E Second Street                                        101 W Ohio Street, Suite 2200

            Huntingburg, IN 47542                                   Indianapolis, IN 46204

A letter of intent to be a candidate for Chairman is sufficient.

            Candidates for Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer may be nominated from the floor at the reorganization meeting.  There is no requirement for a prior declaration of candidacy for these officers. 

            All voting will be by secret ballot.  A majority of those present and voting is required for election to office.


Duties of Republican County Party Officers

            The following are representative of the duties of the four county party officers:

County Chairman

  • Political party leader
  • Party spokesman
  • Conducts meetings
  • Helps to recruit candidates
  • Assists candidate with their campaigns
  • Fund-raiser
  • Works with other officers to set an annual budget
  • Responsible for holding caucuses to fill local ballot vacancies
  • Responsible for holding caucuses to fill local office vacancies
  • Serve as a liaison to District and State Committee officers
  • Participates in programs sponsored by the State Committee
  • Must comply with Statutes set forth in the Indiana Election Code, the Indiana Party Rules, Indiana Election Commission and Federal Campaign Finance Act
  • Motivates and trains Precinct Committeepersons, Poll Workers, candidates and volunteers
  • Responsible for making sure all Republican Poll Worker positions are filled
  • Fills State Convention Delegate vacancies as prescribed and insures correct paperwork in filed in a timely manner
  • Fills vacancies in Precinct Committeeperson and Vice-Committeeperson and submits required paperwork in a timely manner
  • Update voter information in the GOP Data Center
  • Promotes voter registration and Get Out the Vote efforts
  • Acts as or identifies county contacts for State and Federal candidates
  • Maintains communications within the county with Precinct Committeepersons, party faithful, candidates, officeholders and voters
  • Organizes parades, festivals, and party events
  • Knows the demographics of the county
  • Understands issues that arise in the county
  • Appoints the Republican member of the County Election Board and monitors the member’s work
  • Is familiar with the Election Calendar and meets all deadlines
  • Supports any GOP auxiliary organization in the county
  • Attends all executive committee, county committee and district committee meetings   

County Vice-Chairman Duties

  • Presides at meetings in the absence of the Chairman
  • Serves as a liaison to any GOP auxiliary groups in the county
  • Fulfills other duties a delegated or assigned by the Chairman
  • Assists the Chairman in all activities of the county party
  • Serves as Acting Chairman if a vacancy occurs in the office of Chairman until the office is filled according to party rules
  • Attends all executive committee, county committee and district committee meetings


County Secretary Duties

  • Take minutes of all Precinct and officer meetings and caucuses
  • Prepare sign-n sheets for meetings and caucuses
  • Act as Historian and Parliamentarian of the party
  • Preserve records for future party use to be handed down from Secretary to Secretary including:



           Candidate names and offices sought

           Party officers and elected officials and their years of service

           Old precinct lists

           Items related to past Lincoln Day and other party events

          Vote histories

          Offices up for election each cycle

          Precinct maps

          List of past State Convention Delegates

          List of National Convention Delegates and Presidential Electors who have served from the county

  • Information on caucuses held:  minutes, rules and procedures, results
  • Keep a current list of all elected and appointed Precinct Committeepersons and Vice-Committeepersons including contact information, dates of election or appointment, who made the appointment, and years of service
  • Handles all correspondence involving the county committee
  • Keep a current list with contact information for all Republican officeholders, volunteers and supporters
  • Keep current with changes in Election Law
  • Perform duties as assigned by the Chairman
  • Have knowledge of the Rules of the Indiana Republican Party and the duties that are required of the Secretary
  • Keep an accurate list of the Township, city, town and county elected officials
  • Assist the Chairman and Vice-Chairman with party activities
  • Distribute minutes and meeting notices on request of the Chairman
  • Be familiar with filing deadlines for both public candidates and party functions
  • Make sure all information required by the State Party is filed on time
  • Be aware of candidate qualifications for public offices
  • Call meetings of the county committee if the Chairman fails to do so
  • Send the required paperwork to the State Party Secretary immediately following reorganization or when officer changes occur
  • In the event of a Hearing Board, the County Secretary is responsible for issuing the call for a meeting
  • Attend all executive and county committee meetings


County Treasurer Duties

  • Keep accurate records of all receipts, expenditures, payables and receivables
  • Acts as Chairman of the Finance Committee
  • Assists in fundraising and maintains appropriate records
  • File appropriate forms as required by law (State and Federal Campaign Finance reports, operating statements, tax forms, etc.)
  • Prepare budgets and cash flow charts and assist in meeting the budgetary goals
  • Assist County Chairman and Vice-Chairman in party activities
  • Advise Republican candidates and party officers on their responsibilities regarding Campaign Finance requirements
  • Keep a record of party donors making sure that thank you notes are sent
  • Attend all executive and county committee meetings

Offices Subject to Election in 2018


U.S. Senator                                               Joe Donnelly (D)              Statewide

Congressman, 8th District                          Dr. Larry Bucshon (R)       All or part of 20 counties

Secretary of State                                       Connie Lawson (R)            Statewide                                                       

State Treasurer                                           Kelly Mitchell (R)              Statewide

State Auditor                                              Tera Klutz (R)                    Statewide


State Senator, District #48                         Mark Messmer (R)             Bainbridge, Boone, Cass, Madison and Patoka Twps.

State Senator, District # 47                        Erin Houchin (R)                Ferdinand, Hall, Harbison, Jackson, Jefferson,                                                 

                                                                                                               Marion and Patoka Twps.

State Representative, District #63             Mike Braun (R)                  Bainbridge, Boone, Columbia, Harbison,

                                                                                                              Jackson, and Madison Twps.             

State Representative, District #74             Lloyd Arnold (R)               Cass, Ferdinand, Hall, Jefferson, Marion

                                                                                                              and Patoka Twps.

County Offices                                           Incumbent (Party)

Commissioner, District #2                         Elmer Brames (D)              Must live in Bainbridge Twp.                        

County Council, District # 1                      Craig Greulich (D)             Bain. (outside city), Boone, Harbison, Madison, Marion Twps.                                            

County Council, District #2                       Becky Beckman (D)           Bainbridge Twp. (inside city)                        

County Council, District #3                       Charmian Klem (R)            Col., Ferd. Hall, Jack., Jeff. Twps.                   

County Council, District #4                       Jerry Hunefeld (R)              Cass and Patoka Twps.                                  

Assessor                                                     Gail Gramelspacher (D)      Countywide

Auditor                                                       Kathy Hopf (D)                   Countywide (open – cannot succeed herself)

Clerk of Courts                                           Bridgette Jarboe (R)            Countywide (open – cannot succeed herself)                                                         

Prosecuting Attorney                                  Anthony Quinn (D)             Countywide

Recorder                                                     Becky Gates (D)                  Countywide (open – cannot succeed herself)                                             

Sheriff                                                         Donnie Lampert (D)            Countywide (open – cannot succeed himself)

Township Offices                                       Incumbent (Party)                    

Trustee & three board members

Bainbridge                                                  Ken Buck (D)                       David Spellmeyer (D), David Hurst (D), Charles Habig (D)

Boone                                                         Mark Kieffner (R)                Pamela Weisheit-Hart (R), Kimberly Hoffman (R), Susan Weisman                                                                                   

Cass                                                            James Meyer (D)                  Lee Bilderback (D), Lisa Matthews (D), Dennis Schaeffer (D)                                                                 

Columbia                                                    Larry Gene Hall (R)             Donald Harriosn (R), Larry Mickler (R), James Wineinger (R)                                                                   

Ferdinand                                                   David M. Kemper (D)          Albert Dilger (D), Francis Egler (D), Michael Lindauer (D)                                                                   

Hall                                                            Allen R. Thewes (D)             Jeffrey Betz (D), Kevin Knies (D), Fred Lampert (D)                                                                       

Harbison                                                     Marvin G. Eisenhut (R)        Dalcus Fuhrman (R), Larry Jones (R), Mary Lou Zehr (R)

Jackson                                                       Sylvester Voegerl (D)           Dan Oeding (D), Nate Brinkman (D), Greg Welp (D)                                                                 

Jefferson                                                     Brian King (D)                      Charlene Atkins (D), Jack Dooley (R), Doris Schnell (D)                                                                  

Madison                                                      David Prechtel (R)                Pat Lichlyter (D), Mark Schmitt (D), Alan Small (D)

Marion                                                        Clarence Reckelhoff (D)       Eugene Bachman (D), James Hasenour (D), Randy Lueken (D)                                                                      

Patoka                                                         Donald Astrike (R)                Larry Ferguson (D), Jackie McPherron (R), Roland Terwiske (D)

Town Offices                                                  Incumbent (Party)                  

Birdseye Town

            Clerk-Treasurer                                   Donna King (D)                                 

            Town Board                                        Romie Striegel (D)

            Town Board                                        Jerry Allstott (D)

            Town Board                                        Kelly Weisman (D)

History of the Grand Old Party

The Republican Party, also commonly referred to as GOP (for “Grand Old Party”) emerged in 1854 to combat the Kansas-Nebraska act, which threatened to extend slavery into the territories, and to promote a more vigorous modernization of the economy.  Early members were former Consciences Whigs and former Free Soil Democrats , which quickly formed the majority party for the northern states by 1858.  The Midwest took the lead in forming state party tickets and with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and his guidance through the Civil War, the GOP dominated national politics until 1932. Read more »

Republicans vs. Democrats

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Republicans believe responsibility for each person's station in life ultimately resides with each individual person. The Republican Party encourages individuals to work to secure the benefits of society for themselves, their families, and for those who are unable to care for themselves.


Democrats believe each person's rights can be sacrificed to the assumed needs of the group. Democrats assume "society" collectively is responsible for each of its members. Democrats place less emphasis on individual enterprise and initiative and prefer government "programs," such as the failed forty-year "War on Poverty."

Government and the Governed

Republicans believe government should only do for people those things they cannot do for themselves. Each person should have the right to determine what is best for him. Republicans believe governmental power and resources should be kept close to the people, through their state and community public servants, rather than centralized in distant big government.

Democrats believe a centralized power in Washington should control and direct our lives, with secondary consideration for the rights of individual citizens and communities. This has led to increasingly more federal controls and regimentation, often in the hands of un-elected bureaucrats, causing a severe erosion of local government power across the country.

Foreign Policy

Republicans believe peace and freedom can be protected only if America maintains a defense force strong enough to deter any aggressor. Republicans believe America, by striving to be that "shining city on a hill," can serve as the example the citizens of other countries can strive to become. Republicans encourage other nations to shoulder responsibility for their own problems. Republicans oppose unnecessary intervention in the internal affairs of other nations and stress helping our friends around the globe develop the skills and strengths necessary to protect themselves.

Democrats vacillate between extreme isolationism, intervention and confrontation tactics in relation to countries such as Vietnam, Cuba and Korea. Such inconsistent foreign policy confuses our allies and encourages our potential enemies.

Economic Policies

Republicans believe in the competitive free-enterprise system. Individuals must be free to use their talents, the key to personal and national prosperity. Republicans believe the only limits to an individual's opportunity to succeed are the limits of his own initiative and enterprise.

Democrats believe the economy is too complicated to be left to free enterprise alone, and therefore must be subjected to ever-increasing controls by the federal government. Democrats say we are "entering an era of limitations" and therefore must lower our individual economic expectations. Democrats see the economy as a fixed pie to be sliced up for special interests, rather than as a pie than can be made bigger by the industriousness and innovation of Americans unfettered by ill-conceived government regulations.

Government Spending and Taxes

Republicans believe Americans should constantly strive to cut governmental spending and to eliminate costly, overlapping and unnecessary governmental regulations. Republicans believe tax increases should be voted upon by the people.

Democrats believe the federal government knows how and where to spend money for local needs better than elected community leaders, and federal bureaucrats should continue to control the flow of funds to the states and localities and dictate how the taxpayer s money will be spent.

The Future

Republicans believe in solutions decided upon and implemented by the people themselves, through their locally elected representatives. Republicans believe the solution to America's problems lies in the greatness of the American people, not government.

Democrats believe in a powerful, centralized bureaucracy aimed at solving local and nation problems from the top down—a method that has failed everywhere it has been tried throughout history.