“What does ‘non-partisan’ mean?” I was asked recently. "That means, not affiliated with a political party", I replied. It was a relevant question to ask, as all who have seen ballots for the General Election know. We have three non-partisan issues on the ballot and one issue where political affiliation is not directly involved. The latter is the question of retention of two judges of the Indiana Court of Appeals, Edward W. Najam, Jr. and Patricia A. Riley. While the judges were appointed by a partisan Governor, they are not running for re-election on a partisan ballot. If the voters say no to their retention, the judicial nominating process will begin anew with potential nominees being reviewed by their peers and a group of three recommended for the Governor’s appointment.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments are not partisan issues. The proposal to amend Article 1 of the Indiana Constitution on the ballot this year requires a “yes” or “no” response regardless of the voter’s decisions on party-sponsored candidates for Federal, State and local offices.
The two referenda on the ballot this year are non-partisan. The Northeast Dubois school question and the Jasper Library question are not tied to political parties.
School Board races are non-partisan. The candidates for county school board seats do not run as party candidates.
While the supporters of non-partisan issues may be using the same tactics as political parties, eg., yard signs, rallies, advertising, there is, and should be a separation between partisan and non-partisan issues.
Republican candidates are vitally concerned about the non-partisan questions of the day. Each will make decisions based on their own independent judgements of the issues, not on a partisan political platform.
I urge everyone to vote. There are critical choices to be made about the people to lead our county, State and National governments. Partisan choices. My party will stand behind the performance of Republican officeholders. Important choices are to be made on the non-partisan issues of the day as well. Let me paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to vote”.
Dubois County Republican Party Chairman