rally at B'ville
County Democrats met in record number at the Sherman House in
Batesville Saturday evening for their annual Jefferson-Jackson
US Congressman Baron Hill was at the event, shaking hands, encouraging
people to stand firm. Although he had already been
through three parades that day, and had more events that same
evening, the Congressman met with Ripley County constituents in
his continuing manner of getting back to the basics
and talking with local people.
Hill, who is known for his walking ventures, walked the entire
20-county area he serves this August, talking with people about
their needs one on one. There are 760,000 people in the 9th district
Trent Decker who spoke later in the evening on behalf of Hill,
noted that while every decision in the last two years hasnt
been popular, some have had to be done to change the economic
situation the country was in. Hill has pledged to never
vote to support work to privatize social security. He has
taken another hit by supporting tax cuts to the middle class and
not the wealthy.
Other state officials at the dinner included Sam Locke, who is
running for State Auditor and was the first speaker of the evening.
He too, along with his wife, Cara, were going on to another engagement
in Rushville, yet that same evening. He told the crowd while he
is new to politics, he is not new to managing large sums of money.
He is a former military officer and manages a large non-profit
for the Presbyterian Church.
Cesar Roman, representing Vop Osili, candidate for Secretary of
State, told the large crowd, this election is about jobs.
He told briefly the three functions of the position Osili is running
for - registering businesses, security and fraud protector and
chief elections officer. He said Vop stands for Voice Of the People,
and assured that this candidate would be just that because he
believes in hard work, values and integrity.
State Representative Dave Cheatham spoke on behalf of himself
as well as Brad Ellsworth, who is running for US Senator to replace
the seat Evan Bayh held for years. Ellsworths wife, Beth,
was in attendance at the meeting standing in for her husband,
who is also on the campaign trail. He is a former sheriff and
has worked in law enforcement for 25 years. He has also served
as the 8th District Congressman with his wife telling the crowd,
he loves constituent service.
Cheatham said Ellsworth reminds me of a Lee Hamilton in
the making, to which the crowd cheered. He also talked about
Baron Hill doing a lot of things he doesnt get credit for
such as funneling stimulus monies into the counties he serves
and the Madison Milton Bridge project.
While State Representative Bob Bischoff was unable to attend the
event, he was praised by several speakers. Cheatham said, he
has taught me how to take care of people in his district. He does
a great job. Cheatham said the Democrat party is for fundamental
principals such as acting responsible, which will get you ahead;
hard work should be rewarded; and solve problems by working together.
He said hes tired of the hate campaigns and
wants to get down to business serving the people.
Local County Council candidate, who has no opposition this fall,
Ed Armbrecht, spoke briefly. He told about how Representative
Bischoff had gone to bat for Ripley County to the tune of preserving
$2.2 million dollars that could have easily gone to the state.
He wanted people to know about this because Bob never said
a word...he did it because it needed to be done. Armbrecht
shared that Bischoff didnt work for the money so he (Bischoff)
would be recognized, he simply saw something that needed to be
taken care of and did it.
We need people like that representing us, Armbrecht
noted. He further stated that it is important for the people of
Ripley County to elect William (Bill) Dramann as the next sheriff.
Lets get this guy elected, he challenged those
gathered. He talked about Dramanns integrity as a County
Councilman, where he presently serves, and said he will be financially
responsible when elected as sheriff, a position he held for two
Others on the local level spoke, including Bill Dramann, who pledged
his best to the citizens of the county; Garry Sapp, who has been
serving as Franklin Township Trustee for 28 years; and Janice
Wittich, who is in her first adventure in the political realm
running for Brown Township Trustee.
There were a number of Democrats running for election this year
and all were named by Democrat Chairman Mike Baker, who had his
wife, Stephanie, helping with the many door prizes and silent
auction items. The group enjoyed a roast beef dinner with all
the trimmings complete with music by harpist Pat Hicks of Napoleon.
Decorations of red, white, and blue brought the patriotism of
the group to the forefront as they took a positive look at what
some are calling an unpopular time for Democrats. Democrats admit
theyve had to work hard this election but believe the words
of candidate Locke when he said, Were going to win
because our hearts are in it.
(Editors note: A complete listing of all candidates will
be published in a paper just before election.)
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
above, Beth Ellsworth, standing, talked with local Democrats
at their Jefferson Jackson Dinner held Saturday at the Sherman
House. Her husband, Brad Ellsworth, is running for US Senator.
Also pictured is Mrs. Joe Decker, front left, Janice Wittich,
back left, running for Brown Township Trustee, Anita and
David Chandler. At right, Congressman Baron Hill shakes
hands with sheriff candidate Bill Dramann, wishing him well.