Dinner well attended
Democrats hear from Governor hopeful, John Gregg
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Pictured at right is former Speaker of
the House John Gregg, who was the keynote speaker at the
Jefferson-Jackson Dinner held Saturday night, October 22.
Pictured below from left are: Tim Sutton, Batesville's Mayor,
Ric Fledderman, and Ed Armbrecht, Ripley County council
together is a concept lost in many political races, but not
the campaign trail of former Speaker of the House, John Gregg,
as he moves toward the Governors mansion in the 2012 race.
I want to be (your) Governor, Gregg told those gathered
at the Jefferson-Jackson annual dinner at the Sherman House
in Batesville Saturday evening, October 22. The evening was
sponsored by Ripley County Democrats with Martha Dramann and
Janice Wittich coordinating the dinner event.
The meeting had a positive ring as Gregg spoke of his time in
the legislature from 1996 to 2002, when he was Speaker of the
House. He said at that time it was a 50/50 political scene in
Indianapolis, but things got done. He said there
was a need for Republican and Democrat votes to make things
happen. The two political parties came together to make some
strong decisions, according to Gregg.
He talked about what the Democrat Party can be proud of such
as things like overtime for workers, workmans compensation,
safe work place environment, health care, medicare, social security
and more. He said Democrats are patriotic, faith based, and
respect the family.
Gregg was emphatic when the said we need to quit sending
jobs overseas. He talked about the states abundant
natural resources such as water, clean coal, wind, solar panels,
oil and more. He said the middle class has taken a hit, one
that needs to be reversed, along with making college affordable.
The road to the Governors office goes through Batesville,
Gregg noted, asking those attending to support Mayor Ric Fledderman
in his bid for another term in the Mayors office.
Another speaker was Jim Crone who is running for Congress 6th
District seat. Crone is a professor of sociology at Hanover
College and believes state government needs someone with his
field of expertise. He said he has studied and written about
why we have social problems and what we can do about them. He
wants to put that knowledge to work.
Mike Baker, Ripley County Democrat chairman, emceed the event
and thanked the local politicians who were in attendance. He
said there are good things in store for the local party. He
announced that Tim Sutton, who was in attendance, would be running
for sheriff in 2014.