Democrats step up candidate recruitment efforts – The Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD – Democrats in Hancock County are struggling to find candidates to run for office, let alone win races. After all, all of the county’s elected officials are Republicans, and a Democrat hasn’t won a prominent position in a county-wide race in a generation.

But the new leadership of the county Democratic Party is making unusual efforts to try to change that. The party recently posted job vacancies on Facebook, not advertising jobs with the party itself, but running opportunities for offices ranging from township councils to county commissioner.

“We know it won’t be an easy job, but it’s meaningful work to give our friends and neighbors a reason to come out and vote,” said Jon Sturm, vice chairman of the party, of efforts to recruit candidates.

Sturm said the local party is casting a wide net by seeking candidates for county offices at all levels. He said more people are qualified to run for office than they realize, so the party has published job descriptions that shed light on the responsibilities of each office.

“In almost all cases to run for office, the only real requirement is that you are a registered voter of a certain age who lives in the region you want to represent,” Sturm said. “One of the main reasons for posting job descriptions in terms anyone can understand is that official duties are often buried in Indiana state law, which becomes a barrier for some who might be inclined to show up, but don’t know where to start. or what would be expected.

The party plans to hold a candidate call event in early December to meet with people interested in running for office and share more information about the process. Those wishing to learn more or attend the event can visit or message the party on its Facebook page.

The local party has also become more active on social media, highlighting legislation passed by national and national Democrats and discussing issues such as rural broadband infrastructure and cannabis legalization as well as its office ads. elected.

On its Facebook page, the party recently noted that several of its job postings had been flagged to Facebook as questionable content. Sturm said the posts did not violate any laws or Facebook policies and that the party would continue to highlight opportunities on social media.

Drew Anderson, a representative of the state Democratic Party, said new Hancock County President Linda Genrich and the other officers had been “stars” in stepping up the local party’s efforts.

“It is a very honorable job to stand and stand for election,” he said. “… We are happy to see them go on the attack. “

Anderson said the state party stands ready to assist candidates new to politics and will provide training on canvassing and other campaign tactics.

Sturm said candidates with no previous political experience are welcome, noting that many political newcomers have been successful even at state and national levels.

Democrats don’t expect to present a full slate of candidates in 2022, but will support any number of candidates who are seriously interested in a race.

“We are setting realistic long-term goals, to continue to widen the circle, to let our friends and neighbors know that we are here, and that we can help them have a voice in our local government,” he said. declared.

Anderson said he believes Democrats have an opportunity to do well in the 2022 election, as posts on issues like broadband and public schools, as well as legislative victories like the American Rescue Plan Act, have resonated with voters.

“We are a big tent party and we are ready to welcome everyone to the fold,” he said.

No Democrats have so far declared their intention to run for office in 2022. Republican incumbents running for another term include County Commissioner Marc Huber, District Attorney Brent Eaton and Sheriff Brad Burkhart.

The Greenfield Mayor’s office will also be up for grabs in 2023, with outgoing President Chuck Fewell deciding not to run for another term. No candidate has yet announced their intention to run.

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