Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bellwether Races Tell Tale of Ticket

Today, I'm continuing my look at the Marion County races on the ballot for Tuesday.  It's time to look at those races a little bit down the ballot that typically go with the way the straight ticket votes go.  These races tend to get less attention and less interest, but they are just as important as some of the up ballot races...especially in a county like Marion County.

These are the races for Marion County Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Circuit Court Judge, and Recorder.  I am very excited about the team the Marion County Democratic Party has cobbled together for this 2014 run, and I obviously endorse all of their runs.

On the ticket are two incumbents.  Marion County Assessor Joe O'Connor is running for a second term in his job and Julie Voorhies, after serving eight years as Recorder, wants to move over to Auditor replacing the retiring Billie Breaux.  Both have proven to be excellent and responsive public servants in their time in office.  Both have worked hard to modernize and bring their respective offices up to standards with technology.  O'Connor is unopposed for Assessor, and Tracy McCarty is the Republican running against Voorhies.

Myla Eldridge might as well be an incumbent.  Eldridge has worked closely with current Marion County Clerk Beth White to run efficient and fair elections for the last several years.  She fought off an unfair slating attack from Marion County Coroner Dr. Frank Lloyd and has won the support of many who opposed her with her hard work and dedication in this campaign.  She has staunchly refused to be bitter but has shrugged off that Lloyd challenge and continued to work hard.  Eldridge faces Republican Christine Bischoff who has spent time on the Franklin Township Advisory Board.

There's a three-way race for Marion County Recorder.  Democrat Kate Sweeney Bell finds herself taking on Republican Terry Dove and Libertarian Chris Bowen.  I've known Sweeney Bell for years from our work within the party.  She also has been a strong supporter and ally with the LGBTQ community serving on the board of the Stonewall Democrats.  Kate will go in there and pick right up where Voorhies left off.  She has a bulldog's attitude, and you get the feeling that this is just the beginning for her.

Circuit Court Judge sometimes gets overlooked, but it's a critically important office with a six-year term.  Judge Lou Rosenberg opted to retire after one term on the job. If all goes well, he'll hand off to a very capable jurist, Sheryl Lynch.  As a Commissioner, Lynch has distinguished herself and has received high praise from judges and attorneys that have sat in front of her in court.  Therese Hanna is the Republican candidate for Circuit Court Judge.

These races have largely gone to the Democrats since 2004, and there's no reason to think they won't again in 2014.  The great news is that Marion County will be served well by this strong ticket.

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