Decision 2012: State Representative District 34

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The deadline is looming and the candidates for Indiana District 34 are lining up at the starting gate.  The race to the Big House is on. 

Of course, the primary has taken a different path than one would have thought.

 Now that Don Dunnuck has conceded his race before it began to Quirk-Hunter for judge we’ll be looking at District 34, it seems. 

Filing late for the coveted State Representative District 34 is the newbie (or at least new to those who are on the outside looking in)  Karen Brand.  Not much of a bio in the newspaper.  In fact there was no bio at all.  Which brings back memories of elections long ago.

In 2010 we saw a nice influx of candidates filing on the Republican ticket.  Some, including me, refered to these as “ghost candidates”.  Very strange was the report the filing papers all appeared to be in the same handwriting.  Gasp!  None of the Republican candidates had ever voted in a primary, contacted the Republican Headquarters or even stepped one foot on the campaign trail.  

That’s one way to save on campaign expenses.

John Tuttle who ran against Dennis Tyler that year had zero campaign expenses.  He did have one sign on Jackson Street, and he didn’t claim it as an expense.  Shameful!   Nevertheless, Mr. Tuttle received nearly 38% of the vote.  Not to be undone, Tyler in one of his glossy campaign mailers boldly proclaimed the newspaper’s endorsement of him over Tuttle.   Good job, Dennis.

Before the 2010 primaries, Our View, the editorial wing of the opinion page, wrote a piece called “Voters must be able to tell who is real and who is not”.  One sentence stands out:

 Should any of these candidates prove to be ringers, that should be taken as an indication the party backing them considers voters stupid, unable to tell the difference between real and fake candidates.  SP 2-28-10

Of course, the candidates were “ringers” and certainly not placed there by the Republicans.  Normally, the Democrats stick to ringers in their own party here in Delaware County…so they were sort of “branching out” this election season. 

Which brings up another great primary season. 

2008 saw the Democrats recruit another “ringer” named Bilbrey.  Couldn’t have Democrat incumbent John Brooke win another term…that would be wrong.  So we lost Brooke and got Dunnuck.  Now four years later,  Mr. Dunnuck lost his district and party support…all within a few short months before the 2012 primary season even got off. the ground.

Of course, there are other elections and other Democrat candidates which got the shaft, too.

A few weeks a go, a concerned citizen penned a letter to the paper.  Oh, she warned us of Errington not listening to her constituents, doing her own thing and so on and so forth.  Funny, the nice lady failed to warn us of Sue’s poor record  when she ran in 2010 for the senate seat.  Then the letter writer went on to sing the praises of Dave Walker.  How subtle.

Which brings me to the end of this woeful tale of the 2012 primaries.  I’ll leave you to ponder this question….

Is Karen Brand a ringer?

 Ghost Candidates 2010

A Tale of Three Districts

Special note:  Due to the county’s financial trouble resulting in the closure of the Delaware County Building on Fridays,  the filing deadline has been extended to 2-13-12 Noon.

Disclaimer: Not paid for by anybody and not an endorsement of anyone,


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