The Marion County GOP got together at Ben Davis High School on Saturday and had a good, ole' fashioned slating convention. The following candidates were slated.
Sen. Scott Schneider, District 30
Sen. Pat Miller, District 32
Sen. Mike Young, District 35
Sen. Brent Waltz, District 36
Luke Bosso, District 86
Rep. Cindy Noe, District 87
Rep. Brian Bosma, District 88
Rep. Cynthia Kirchhofer, District 89
Rep. Mike Speedy, District 90
Rep. Bob Behning, District 91
Tim Motsinger, District 92
Rep. Dave Frizzell, District 93
A.J. Feeney-Ruiz, District 97
Scott Keller, District 100
Marion Superior Court Judge
Judge Robert Altice
Judge Lisa Borges
Judge Sheila Carlisle
Judge Mike Keele
Judge Bill Nelson
Judge Clark Rogers
Dr. Ed Eppler
Of course, as with any slating convention, there were a few interesting choices.
A source of mine tells me that behind-the-scenes there was some maneuvering. Incumbent Judges Bill Young and S.K. Reid knew they would not be slated. There were other strong candidates that were told that they would not be slated as well and not to bother with a run.
Two of the House slating choices got my attention. Scott Keller, a very moderate Republican, was slated in District 100. As you may remember, he received a ton of blowback from his party for his vote on the Human Rights Ordinance when he was on the City-County Council. He provided the 15th vote back then for that to pass as Democrat Sherron Franklin had joined the Republicans. In that district and in an open seat situation (John Day is retiring), Keller could be a formidable foe. Dems shouldn't be so concerned about him, though. He's extremely reasonable and intelligent.
Tim Motsinger, a friend of the blog, and one of the few political figures that immediately did the right thing when the whole Tim Durham thing blew up, was slated for Phil Hinkle's soon-to-be old House seat. The IMPD officer and former Sheriff's deputy returned Durham's $200K plus contribution immediately and dropped out of the race for Marion County Sheriff.
Perennial candidates Jim Joven and A.J. Feeney-Ruiz were also slated.
Democrats will get together on February 11 at the Indiana Convention Center.