The Marion County Republican Party sent out an email just a few minutes ago announcing some changes to their organization. They went from the area based set-up that was disliked by many precinct committeemen to the old township structure.
We’re told that some of the new names who have taken over in various townships are not new names but rather only now being given the higher leadership positions. Apparently, many of the new appointees are the worker bees that keep the organization moving rather than the bigger names that typically hand the projects off to others. The email is below.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
When I first started talking to many of you about my interest in becoming your County Chairman, it was abundantly clear that the vast majority of you wanted a return to a township based organizational structure. I promised to listen to the organization and seek your input on who would be the best leaders to serve as Township Chairmen, and after careful consideration, the following people have accepted my offer to serve as Township Chairmen:
Center Township – David Brooks
David has served the party for over 30 years in various capacities, including Precinct Committeeman, Assistant Township Chairman, Township Chairman, Area Chairman, and Campaign Manager or committee member for federal and local campaigns. David was also elected to two-terms on the City-County Council. David owns a law practice in Indianapolis and was the overwhelming choice of Center Township Precinct Committeemen and Ward Chairmen to serve as their Township Chairman.
Decatur Township – Bob Cockrum
Bob has been active in our party since 1970, when he became a Precinct Finance Chairman. Since then, he has been a Vice Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Committeeman, Vice Ward Chairman, Ward Chairman, and member of numerous campaign committees. Bob is a retired Colonel of the United States Army Reserve and is currently serving his fourth term on the City-County Council.
Franklin Township – Cindy Mowery
Since 1978, Cindy has held many different roles within our party. She has served as a Vice Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Committeeman, Treasurer of GIRWC, Financial Chairman for WINS, Franklin Township Board Member, Franklin Township Trustee, and volunteer on countless campaigns. She currently serves as the Republican member of the Marion County Board of Voters Registration.
Lawrence Township – Jim Gutting
For the past 30 years, Jim has been an extremely active party member. He has served as Precinct Committeeman, Ward Chairman, Township Chairman, Area Chairman, and treasurer or member of many campaign committees. Jim was a Governor’s appointee to the State Board of Accounts throughout the 1980′s and currently practices law in Indianapolis.
Perry Township – Kay Spear
Kay first started as a Perry Township Republican volunteer in 1978. She later served as a Precinct Committeeman, Ward Chairman, Assistant Township Chairman, Assistant Area Chairman, and President of the Perry Township Republican Club. Kay previously worked as a CPA for the Indiana Attorney General, Indiana State Auditor and Clarian Health. She currently owns a private CPA practice in Perry Township.
Pike Township – David Holt
David has been active in the Marion County Republican Party since 2000. He has served as a Precinct Committeeman, Ward Chairman, Township Chairman, Area Co-Chairman, Area Chairman, and as a volunteer on many campaign committees. David was Deputy Campaign Manager for David McIntosh for Congress, and subsequently served Congressman McIntosh as a senior aide. He later was a political appointee for President George W. Bush. David currently works for an Indianapolis based think-tank.
Warren Township – Barbara Fowler
There are few people with a record of commitment to the Marion County Republican Party more impressive than Barbara Fowler. She first started with our organization in 1968, and has served as a Vice Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Committeeman, Ward Chairman, Assistant Area Chairman, member of WINS, Board Member for GIRWC, member of the SCORE club, and Board Member for the Warren Township GOP Club. Barbara previously worked for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County in a variety of positions.
Washington Township – Melissa Thompson
Melissa began her service to our party in 2000 as a Vice Precinct Committeeman. Since then, she has been a Precinct Committeeman, Ward Chairman, Assistant Township Chairman, Assistant Area Chairman, Campaign Manager, and volunteer for multiple campaigns. Melissa is currently the Clerk of the City-County Council.
Wayne Township – Tim Motsinger
For the past 25 years, Tim has been very active in our party. He has served as a Vice Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Committeeman, Ward Chairman, Assistant Township Chairman, and member of many countywide campaign committees. Tim has been a law enforcement officer for his entire career, first as a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy and now with IMPD.
With over 250 years of combined experience in the Marion County Republican Party, this new leadership team is ready to hit the ground running, which is critical to our success in this very important election year. We are lucky to have such a loyal and dedicated group willing to step up to the challenge of this important role. In the coming days they will be responsible for guiding our township efforts to build an effective and impressive grassroots campaign to re-elect Mayor Ballard, Mayor Ricketts, Republican Mayors in Beech Grove and Southport, and retain majorities on the councils in Indianapolis, Lawrence, Beech Grove, Speedway and Southport. Our elected Republican leaders have served our county very well over the past four years, and with your support, they will continue to serve us well for the next four years and beyond!
Finally, I want to remind you that our 2011 slating convention will be held at Brebeuf High School (2801 86th Street W.) on February 12th, beginning at 8:00am. I look forward to seeing you all there!
Marion County Republican Central Committee
We may start a collection to send Paul Ogden some flowers for his loss. We know he can’t be happy that David Brooks has retained his so-called stranglehold on the Marion County Republicans. Hang in there, Paul!