Harold “Potch” Wheeler Memorial
Whitley County Republican Party
August 10, 2011 with a 12:30 PM Tee-Time
Come out and show your support for the Whitley County Republican Party and help raise funds for our candidates for the November 2011 municipal elections in Churubusco, Columbia City, Larwill, and South Whitley.
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Leonard/Bell Golf Outing
TUESDAY AUGUST 12th
Chestnut Hills Golf Course
11502 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814
Registration and Clinic: 10:30 am**Lunch: 11:00 am**Shotgun Start: 12:00 pm
$800 Gold Sponsor includes: one foursome, lunch, 2 hole sponsorships
$400 Beverage Cart Sponsor includes: special card signage, lunch
$500 Foursome and Lunch
$150 Single and Lunch
$150 Hole Sponsor
$ 50 Lunch Only
State Representative Matt Bell Announces Re-Election Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BELL DECLARES CANDIDACY FOR 83RD DISTRICT
INDIANAPOLIS- This morning, State Representative Matt Bell (District 83, Republican) officially announced his candidacy in the May Republican primary. This morning, Rep. Bell filed paperwork in the office of Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita asking that his name be placed on the Republican primary ballot.
“I look forward to campaigning over the next few months. It will provide me with a wonderful opportunity to share my vision for our community with thousands of voters, and to hear their ideas as well,” Bell said.
Rep. Bell was appointed to the General Assembly in May of 2005 to represent the 83rd House District, and was reelected in 2006. The district includes portions of Allen, Noble, and Whitley County. Representative Bell serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Public Policy Committee and also serves on the Labor and employment Committee and the family Children and Human Affairs Committee.
“During my three years in the Indiana General Assembly, the State of Indiana has made great steps forward. We have erased a $700 million dollar structural deficit and built a $1 billion surplus without raising taxes. We passed the most sweeping telecommunications reform in the nation which has brought high speed internet access to communities that had never been offered service before and has spurred unprecedented job growth. We instituted a market driven state health insurance program which brings needed coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers. In the coming weeks we will provide bold, immediate and permanent property tax reform that will help insure a fair, consistent, and equitable property tax system for Hoosiers.”
Bell, who also serves as the executive Director of LEAP of Noble County, Inc. (the Literacy Empowering and Advocating Project), is eager to build on the experience he has gained during his three years in the legislature.
“It is an honor to serve the 83rd District as its State Representative. We have accomplished great things for Indiana during my tenure in the Statehouse and there is much more to do to insure that Northeast Indian is a vibrant community marked by the promise of prosperity for any who would strive for it. I have led toward that vision and will continue to work to insure the promise of a bright future for my community.”
State Representative Dan Leonard Announces Re-Election Campaign
LEONARD TO SEEK RE-ELECTION
INDIANAPOLIS: This morning, State Representative Dan Leonard (District 50, Republican) officially announced his candidacy in the May Republican primary. Rep. Leonard filed paperwork in the office of Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita asking his name to be placed on the Republican primary ballot.
“I’ve been humbled by the requests from scores of constituents asking me to continue representing them in Indianapolis,” said Leonard. “I am excited to continue leading the fight for lower property taxes and a higher quality of life for the people of Huntington and Whitley Counties in Indianapolis.”
Rep. Leonard was first elected to the General Assembly in November 2002 to represent the 50th House District, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2004 and 2006. The district includes Huntington County and a large portion of Whitley County. Representative Leonard currently holds a coveted seat in the House Ways and Means Committee and also serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Labor and Employment Committee. Rep. Leonard previously served on the Natural Resources Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Veterans Affairs and Public Policy Committee.
“Serving on the Ways and Means Committee offers me the opportunity to dedicate myself to the work of lowering taxes and reducing the size and cost of government. During my tenure on the Ways and Means Committee we have erased a $700 million dollar budget deficit without a state tax increase, and I am proud of that accomplishment, but our work is far from done. Property owners in Huntington and Whitely Counties have been decimated by an increase in their property taxes due to local capital construction projects and an inconsistent assessment system. I am committed to delivering the bold, immediate and permanent property tax relief, my constituents deserve before we adjourn this session.”
Leonard has lived in the 50th District for over 58 years. He and his wife, Lydia, recently celebrated their 36th year of marriage with their two children and two grandchildren. Dan is employed at South Side Furniture in Huntington where he has worked for over three decades.
“As a lifelong resident of the community and a small businessman, I understand the greatness of our community and the challenges we face. This is a time that demands meaningful solutions and not sound bite politics. I look forward to campaigning over the next few months and sharing my ideas about our community with thousands of voters. There is a bright future to be had in Huntington and Whitley Counties, and I look forward to leading us toward it.”
Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake Announces Re-Election Campaign
District 1 County Commissioner Tom Rethlake announced his candidacy for re-election today. District 1 includes the townships of Cleveland, Richland, and Etna Troy. He has served as County Commissioner for the past eight years.
Rethlake is retired and has lived in Whitley County for the past 40 years. He resides in Etna Troy Township with his wife Jeanne. He graduated from Huntington College in 1958 and received a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University in 1968. He was Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Columbia City Joint High School for 17 years and Principal at Etna Troy School for 5 years.
During the past 8 years he has represented Whitley County on many local and regional committees. He was appointed to the Economic Development Council and is currently serving on the Indiana State DNR Advisory Council.
“I have been able to meet many new people by serving on these various committees and also had opportunities to promote Whitley County,” said Rethlake.
“It has, indeed, been a privilege to serve as a County Commissioner. With your continued support, I look forward to representing Whitley County another 4 years.”
County Councilman Kim Wheeler serves as Rethlake’s Campaign Chairman and Ralph Bailey is the campaign treasurer.
Interview with Columbia City Councilman Walt Crowder
How long have you served on the council and why are you running again?
I was elected into office in 2000 and again in 2004, I will have a total of 8 years as a Councilmen for the Northeast District at the end of 2007. During the past 7 years, I’ve have been City Council President for 5 years and currently a member of the Board of Works for last 4 years.
I’m running again for a 3rd term starting in 2008. I’ve enjoyed representing my District on council, taking the concerns of the citizens and employees to the City Council, Board of Works and the Mayor.
What is the single most important issue facing Columbia City?
Economic Development / Annexation , this is “Key” to our success and the growth of Columbia City. We see new housing, more business and a new face lift to downtown area. We need to continue work with economic organizations to build strong plans to attract businesses to our City. Annexation is a integral part of the overall planning process.
Where do you see Columbia City in five years?
Continuing to be a safe place to live, with affordable housing and reasonable cost of living. The City needs to complete expanding the 2-mile Jurisdictional Boundary around the City Limits.
What issues are most important to you as you serve Columbia City?
I have stated before, staying focused on managing cost of City Operations, Police,Fire, etc (Tax Base Funding), All City offered utilities Electric,Water,etc ( Rate Based Funding) and contracted City Services by others.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your years on the Columbia City Council?
Voting to keep taxes low……., Then Supporting the new “Data Technology” for City Hall, Replacement of the Main Frame used for billing, upgraded to a Server Base network. Supported the wireless network to connect all of the City Offices together and supported the installation of the remote printers for sending work orders to each department. Supported the security camera’s (Wireless Network) located around different parts of town.
Worked with the Mary Fleck, neighbors and Columbia Cit High School staff, on updating the by-laws to requiring students to park in school parking lots. Not on City streets.
Interview with Dan Weigold, Columbia City Council At-Large Candidate
Why are you running for City Council At-Large?
I truly care for the people of Columbia City. My 20 years of experience working for both City Utilities as the City Drafting Technician and Whitley County Government as the GIS Coordinator, will give me a better perspective on issues facing our City.
I view this position as a public servant not a politician. Being a member of the Boy Scouts of America instilled in me how important it is to involve myself in service, to the community. My commitment to the youth of our community span’s over 20 years as umpire, coach of little league teams, assistant with the boy’s basketball program and currently a Varsity Assistant with the High School Softball program.
The people of Columbia City have been absolutely terrific to me. I look forward to serving Columbia City in a different way by working hard to win the City Council At-Large seat in November.
What are the most important issues facing Columbia City today?
By extensive research and a strong desire to look at the needs verses wants, we will be able to keep the spending under control.
Improving our infrastructure information, by making it accessible to our Department Heads, the Mayor and the Economic Development Corporation, we will be able to do a better job of marketing the assets of our City.
I hope people feel comfortable coming to me with their concerns and understand that my willingness to listen and my work ethic to serve them will give them a voice in our Government.
Do you have a favorite hang out or restaurant?
Well, I enjoy eating, so it’s very difficult to pick a favorite restaurant and I thoroughly enjoy Bones Theater. But I love sporting events so I would have to say my favorite hang out is wherever there is a sporting event going on, like Morsches Park, our local Gymnasiums and Football fields.
Why are you a Republican?
Because, I believe in the values the Republican Party stands for.
Candidate Interview with Don Sexton
Interview with Don Sexton, Candidate for Northwest Columbia City Council
Why are you running for City Council?
I am running for the Northwest Columbia City Council seat because I believe very strongly in a representative government. Our elected officials work for and report to the citizens of our community, not the other way round.
Our elected officials must be visible and accessible. You cannot listen to our citizens if our citizens cannot find their representative. I will be a pro-active council member listening to and representing the Northwest District.
What is the single most important issue facing Columbia City today?
The single most important issue facing Columbia City is in two parts. First, we need planned, continued growth. This growth is necessary to create the proper tax base which will pay for the government services our citizens expect and deserve. Secondly, as our community grows, pressures will mount for additional items on the City Budget. To create an efficient and effective community it will be crucial for your government officials to closely monitor wasteful government spending. As your representative I will continually remind your government that it is YOUR money the City is spending.
Why are you a Republican?
I am a Republican because I believe in conservative Republican values. Fiscal responsibility is first and foremost in every taxpayer’s mind. This has always been part of the Republican philosophy. As a member of the Columbia City Common Council I will work tirelessly to eliminate wasteful spending. We need to remember the difference between what we want and what we need.
Do you have a favorite Columbia City hangout or restaurant?
Susie and I enjoy all the Columbia City restaurants because we are able to visit friends and acquaintances wherever we go.
You have been a community leader for many years. What are some of the groups and organizations that you’ve been part of in Columbia City?
I have been involved in the community because I believe our community involvement is a duty we owe as good citizens. I have served as President of the Columbia City Area Chamber of Commerce, as a Board of Director of the Chamber and as a member of the Chamber’s Finance/Budget Committee. I have also served as President of the Columbia City Rotary.
My government service has been on the Columbia City Common Council. While a member of the City Council I served as President of the City Council as well as on the Columbia City Planning Commission, the Board of Works and the City Budget Committee.
Who do you consider to be your hero?
My heroes are all those citizens who stand up for what they believe and are not afraid to voice an opinion.
Don Sexton is running for Columbia City Council in the Northwest District.
Leonard/Bell Golf Classic
August 20 & 21 - see details here:
Rosie Coyle Interview
Interview with City-Clerk Treasurer Rosie Coyle
How long have you served as Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer and why did you run for the position in the first place?
I am just finishing my 6th term (24 years) I started working in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office 42 years ago and worked under Clerk Treasurer Franklin Dillman. I really admired him for his work ethics and he taught me a lot of what the job entailed. He was defeated in 1975. In 1983 I was approached by the Republicans to run for this office. I was already doing a lot of the work so I agreed to run and won. I have been in this position ever since. I love working with people and I love the job, even though it is very stressful at times.
What does the City Clerk-Treasurer do?
The Clerk Treasurer is Secretary to the Council and Board of Works, keeper of all the records for the City, responsible for the payroll of all City employees, solemnize marriages, administer oaths, administers the Ordinance Violations Bureau, collects all fees, fines and penalties for City ordinances, responsible for all finances with the City and the four utilities. There are many other tasks but these are the major ones.
What are the most important issues facing Columbia City today?
I really feel that Columbia City is a great community and doesn’t have the major problems some other surrounding communities face. However, we need to keep the businesses we have and try to encourage additional business to locate here. We need the tax base to keep our taxes as low as possible.
Do you have a favorite Columbia City hang-out or restaurant?
I have no “favorites”. I think we are blessed with a lot of fine restaurants and I try to go to all of them. With the gas prices we are facing, I think it would be great to have a major restaurant like Applebee’s or Fridays to come to Columbia City too!
Letter to the Editor from Doug Fahl
The following letter to the editor was published in Saturday’s Post & Mail from City Councilman Doug Fahl:
The closing of the Blockbuster Video Store has prompted me to write this letter. Once again, I feel that a large corporation has abandoned Columbia City when we are no longer convenient for them. I would urge your readers to take this opportunity to break the DVD habit and support a local business. Please visit the Bones Theater! It is a great way to beat the heat at a reasonable price (less than most of us pay for late fees). It is also very comforting to have the owner hand you your popcorn and ask if you enjoyed the movie. Please support all our local businesses whenever possible. These folks are our friends and neighbors working hard to bring us the goods and services we need.
Douglas M. Fahl
309 W. Market Street
Columbia City, Indiana 46725
Interview with Columbia City Councilman Doug Fahl
Doug Fahl currently serves as the City Councilman for Columbia City’s Southwest District.
What is the single most important issue facing Columbia City today?
Finding creative ways to provide quality city services without raising taxes or utility rates. This is especially critical with the current increases in property tax assessments and payments our citizens are enduring.
What do you enjoy most about serving as a City Councilman?
Responding to the concerns of citizens. Reviewing budgets and preparing policies are important, but nothing is more enjoyable to me than responding to a constituent’s concern and helping them with whatever issue prompted them to call or visit me. I truly enjoy the one-on-one contact with the folks in my district. That’s what prompted me to run for office in the first place.
You also serve our country as a JAG officer in the National Guard. Please tell us about more about your service to our country and your thoughts on whether we are winning this global war on terror.
I am proud to say that I am a member of the Indiana Army National Guard and have been so for nearly 17 years. My service in the military has instilled me a sense of duty and commitment. This sense of duty has shaped many of my opinions on council, most notably, my feelings on elected officials receiving salary increases. We should not be asking for more when our employees and citizens are receiving less.
I correspond almost daily with friends in Iraq and Afghanistan. They all tell me about the gratitude of the people there for protecting them and allowing them to enjoy freedoms that we take for granted. You don’t see it in the news, but many of these folks tell my friends daily about the abuse and oppression they endured. Whether someone agrees with the war in Iraq or not, I think we all agree that we have to continue to push the enemy overseas, so he can’t have the time or the resources to attack us here. I am fully prepared to do my part overseas, if necessary, if it means my friends and family can remain safe here at home.
What makes Columbia City great?
The people. When I graduated High School I never thought I would want to come back to my sleepy little home town. However, having lived in many other cities I have learned how precious the people of Columbia City are. I see my daughters interacting with my neighbors in a way that could never happen in a large city. I am very grateful that they are able to enjoy their childhood in such a wonderful town.
Where do you see Columbia City in 10 years?
As long as we continue to demand good leadership, I see Columbia City as a vibrant, self-sufficient community in which to live. Almost my entire family worked at Dana and many of my friends’ parents worked at International Harvester. When things were good at those companies, things were good in Columbia City. When those companies struggled, so did Columbia City. I want a community filled with strong economic development and thriving small businesses, so that we are not dependent on one or two large corporations for our economic health and prosperity.
Watch for Republican Advertising at Bones Theatre
Our Columbia City municipal candidates chipped in for this ad to run before and after movies at Bones Theater:
Republicans Swarm Old Settler’s Parade
The Whitley County Republican Party reportedly had the most walkers with our parade float at last Friday’s Old Settler’s Day Parade. Big thanks to Whitley GOP Secretary Crystal Wheeler for coordinating this year’s parade float & volunteers. See photos below:
Republican Candidates Working Together:
Ron Glassley working the parade crowd:
State Representative Dan Leonard:
City Councilman Doug Fahl working the parade crowd:
Nicole Penrod campaigning:
City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle campaigning:
City Councilman Walt Crowder:
Republicans in front of Courthouse:
County Councilman Kim Wheeler & Commissioner Tom Rethlake pull parade float:
Interview with Columbia City Republican Council Candidate Nicole Penrod
Interview with Nicole Penrod, Candidate for Southeast Columbia City Council District:
Why are you running for City Council in Columbia City?
I have lived in Columbia City more than 25 years and have always had an interest in running for City Council. I have always been busy with work, family and activities at the high school and felt I couldn’t juggle any more. Now that my kids are grown and out on their own, I felt I could take on a new challenge. I want to contribute to Columbia City in an active, positive way.
What is the single most important issue currently facing Columbia City?
Rising gas prices and property tax increases have caused all of us to feel the pinch lately. I realize some things are beyond our control, but as a Council member, I will strive to be a fiscal conservative voice and encourage spending the taxpayers’ dollars wisely. Though I know that rate increases are sometimes inevitable, I will do whatever I can to avoid the increases that have become all to prevalent lately.
I feel it is very important for a council member to be available to constituents to express their ideas and concerns. I will make it a priority to be easily accessible to all of my constituents.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang-out in C.C.?
Well, my “favorite” hang out in Columbia City would have to be the high school. I am there practically every night of the week when there are any sports events going on.
I also love it that we have a new movie theatre in Columbia City. I go as often as I can.
What do you look forward to during Old Settler’s Day week?
I just love the atmosphere of a fair. I like to just go walk around and watch people, especially the kids because they are so excited.
Why should folks vote for you to be their City Councilwoman?
Columbia City has been a wonderful place for us to raise our family and I would like to contribute to its growth. I want Columbia City to continue to be a place that we are proud to call home. I would like to find ways to make Columbia City appealing to young people who would like to come here, or return here, to raise their children.
Bus Trip to Governor’s Announcement
More details on bus trip to Governor’s announcement -
Leaving on June 16th from Kroger parking lot off of I69 at exit 102 at 7:30am. For more information, please contact Shay Stroik at 312-8589 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
We are pleased to launch a new series at Whitley GOP of interviews with our Republican candidates over the next several weeks. Please check back often to learn more about our dynamic team of candidates starting with Mayoral Candidate Ron Glassley whose interview is profiled below.
Interview with Columbia City Republican Mayoral Candidate Ron Glassley
Interview with Ron Glassley:
What have you been up to since leaving office as Columbia City’s Mayor nearly four years ago?
After leaving office on December 31, 2003, I left Indiana and moved to Arizona in June of 2004. I took a position as an apartment manager. Using some of my other acquired skills, I also did maintenance work at another apartment complex. While it was certainly warmer there year round, I had a feeling of unfinished work back in Indiana. After much discussion with my wife we decided to move back home to Columbia City in July of 2005. I took on another job at an apartment complex in Churubusco.
What do you consider to be your most important accomplishments in your first term as Mayor?
The most important accomplishments during my first term as Mayor, was working out
the final agreement with S.D.I. on sewer and water to bring them and their tax revenue to Whitley County. This continues to directly benefit all Whitley County taxpayers. The Line Street and Jackson Street replacement sidewalk and water line projects were completed. We were able to maintain and increase service levels without raising taxes and the cost of utility bills.
What will be your top priorities in a new Glassley Administration?
Some priorities I will focus on will be:
Working with the business community, County Government, and the E.D.C. ( Economic Development Committee ) to bring more jobs, and businesses to the Columbia City Community. Columbia City needs to be forward thinking in our approach to what image we present. Innovation not stagnation!
Spending our tax dollars wisely. Taxes are a part of being a citizen, but unnecessary spending is wasteful and does not contribute to well run government. We can manage resources and keep costs down for the citizens of Columbia City.
Make department heads accountable for their spending of taxpayer and utilities money.
Maybe quarterly reviews in a public forum would give us all a better understanding of departmental activities. Restore discipline within the city.
Be available to the citizens and be responsive to their concerns.
What best prepares you to serve as our Mayor?
I’ve been a blue-collar worker my entire life. Working for 22 years on the city police department prepared me for the office of Mayor. Being Mayor for 4 years and gaining that experience, has made me more aware of where the focus should be. I understand how hard it is to try and save money and pay bills.
What advice do you give to young leaders who might want to be Mayor in the future?
The best advice I can give is to get involved in community activities, go to council meetings and don’t be afraid to question the actions of your elected officials. Get involved in either political party. Listen and understand the concerns of the community, and then decide a course of action.
Who do you consider to be your heroes?
My heroes: My mother and father who always taught me to treat people with respect, and Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs who no matter how bad things were, kept a positive attitude. It got him to the Hall of Fame!
Bus Trip to Governor’s Announcement from Fort Wayne
On June 16 there is going to be a bus going to the Hinkle Field House for Governor Daniel’s announcement. It is free!
When you get down there you can expect food, events and friendship, all free.
Every Republican supporter is welcome; the more the merrier.
If you are interested in going, please contact Shay Stroik at 312-8589 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Times have not been determined as of yet.
Allen County Republican Party
Thanks to all who helped make our Lincoln Day a great success this year.
Special “thanks” to the following for helping with our private reception -
Kathy Heuer for helping organize and providing appetizers,
Soultana Myers for providing appetizers,
Joanne & David Heritier for providing appetizers,
Tom Rethlake for providing appetizers,
Jim Pettigrew for providing appetizers,
Joan & Chet Simon for serving us our drinks,
Laurell Hodges for providing appetizers,
Don Langeloh for donating our drinks,
… and especially Amanda Banks for hosting the event.
Thanks for the following for donating an item in our silent auction that raised over $600 for the party.
Mark & Laurell Hodges
Senator “Doc” Dillon
Jim & Amanda Banks
Ron & Beth Glassley
Also thanks to John Lewis & Wilkins LLP and State Representative Matt Bell for sponsoring tables at this year’s event.
And most of all thanks to our special guest and keynote speaker Tim Goeglein for providing us a very insightful speech and great evening. Also thanks to Indiana State Auditor Tim Berry for guiding us through the evening as our emcee and Scott Darley for serving as our Chairman for this year’s event.
Thanks again to all who helped make our event a success and helping us raise funds for our Whitley County Republican Party.
Whitley Co. GOP
New GOP Website
Whitley County Republicans Have New Website!
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. Please visit often for important updates and events. Also be sure to sign-up for our e-newsletter that will be launching in the very near future.
Tim Goeglein’s message
Thanks to all who made our Lincoln Day Dinner last Thursday evening a great success. You can read more about our speaker Tim Goeglein’s powerful message here at the Post & Mail’s website.
Also, please plan to join us for two very important upcoming events.
Whitley County Republican Golf Outing
June 15th @ Eel River Golf Course at 12:30pm
Cost is $60 per person or $240 per four person team
On course beverages and light meal after play provided
Call in your individual entry or four person team to Tom Rethlake (260.799.5892) or Kim Wheeler (260.327.3230) right away.
Hole sponsorships available by calling Tom or Kim.
Breakfast Fundraiser for Ron Glassley for Mayor
June 12th @ Home of Mr. & Mrs. Doug Fahl (309 West Market Street, Columbia City) from 7:30 - 9am
Special Guest: Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter
Cost: $25 per person
RSVP to Ron at 260.244.4572 by Friday, June 8th.