rally at Friendship
of the Ripley County Republican party gathered on Saturday,
October 16 just 17 days before the November election for a final
rally for support of the local candidates.
County Chairperson Ginger Bradford introduced past chair Kenny
Copeland who reminded everyone to vote. Our vote counts,
he told the crowd.
The overall theme of the evening was to do not give up
Randy Frye, State Representative District 67, said, Dont
give up, keep fighting. He encouraged those attending
to talk to their neighbors and make phone calls in support of
local Republican candidates.
Were going to do whats right; were going
to do whats good, Frye continued. I want to
represent the district in a way that you know that a man in
Indianapolis has got your back.
Current State Treasurer Richard Mourdock was the keynote speaker,
who questioned, What is at stake on November 2? He answered,
The future direction of our country and thereby the world.
I fear this country wont be recognizable if we dont
do all thats possible, he continued.
Mourdock told of his fight for the state pensions of retired
teachers and state police officers when Chrysler Corporation
was sold to Fiat. According to Mourdock, Indiana was the only
state left that fought for the money that would fund those accounts.
You learn a lot about yourself when youre tested,
It was also a personal fight for Mourdock as his parents were
directly affected. His father was a retired state police officer
and his mother a retired secretary from a public school.
Is this the most important election in history? He questioned,
Its time to save this nation, Mourdock concluded,
adding, Tough duty, but we can do it my friends.
The rally was held in the new reception hall in Friendship.
Republican candidates encouraged everyone
to vote on November 2 at the Republican rally held on
Saturday, October 16. Republican candidates pictured are:
back row: Randy Frye; for State Representative District
67; Jeff French, county surveyor; Brenda Warren, Center
Township Trustee; Mike Kissel, Franklin Township Trustee;
Amy Copeland, Brown Township Trustee; Rob Reiners, county
commissioner; Todd Young, US Congressman; and State Treasurer
Richard Mourdock. Front row: Toni Gray, Johnson Township
Trustee; Marilyn Hunt, Johnson Township Trustee board
member; Ric Hertel, county prosecutor; and Bill Wagner,