Kosciusko County Lincoln Day Dinner was Thursday night at Champagne Jam in Warsaw. Pictured (L to R) are Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Kosciusko County Republican Party Chairman Randy Girod. Photo by Jennifer Peryam, Times-Union
Kosciusko County Lincoln Day Dinner was Thursday night at Champagne Jam in Warsaw. Pictured (L to R) are Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Kosciusko County Republican Party Chairman Randy Girod. Photo by Jennifer Peryam, Times-Union
Secretary Of State Connie Lawson spoke to a group of 100 Kosciusko County Republicans Thursday night during the Kosciusko County Lincoln Day Dinner at Champagne Jam in Warsaw.
Lawson said she filed Thursday to be a candidate for the secretary Of state at the June convention. Her website is voteconnielawson.com
Ryan Mishler, state senator, introduced Lawson.
Lawson thanked Randy Girod, Kosciusko County GOP chair, for the work he does in promoting GOP principles and supporting GOP candidates.
Lawson began her speech by quoting Abraham Lincoln, who said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
She said the Republican party is committed to the cause of freedom and protecting and preserving the country.
She also spoke about Tuesday’s primary.
“From our courthouse to our statehouse and Congress, the leaders that we elect will be sent to uphold our Constitution and to strengthen our democracy,” Lawson said.
She said she has been passionate about citizens’ important role in its democracy, and is also dedicated to the election process.
She said citizens who take the responsibility of voting deserve to have their vote counted accurately and not have it diminished by someone committing voter fraud.
“Protecting the rights of voters and ensuring the integrity throughout the process is one of the reasons that I’m so passionate about my job as your secretary of state,” Lawson said.
Lawson spoke about voter reform she has been a part of, including supporting voter identification laws that require voters to show identification at the polls, and being instrumental in voting reforms that prohibit the use of political pictures on buildings at polling sites.
“As long as I’m secretary Of state I will work tirelessly to educate Hoosiers and protect them and their life savings, and I’m focused on making our office the most open, honest, accountable and responsive in the state,” Lawson said.
Also during the dinner, candidates running in Tuesday’s primary had the opportunity to introduce themselves including sheriff candidate Aaron Rovenstine; Superior Court 1 judge candidates David Cates, Stephen Harris and Chad Miner; Superior Court 2 judge candidates Mark Caruso, Torrey Bauer and Tyler Haines; and Superior Court 3 judge candidate Joe Sutton.
Others who attended were county commissioner candidate Bob Conley; state representative district 22 candidates Rebecca Kubacki and Curt Nisly; auditor candidate Michelle Puckett; Prosecutor Dan Hampton; and Emily Daniels, with the campaign for Jackie Walorski, 2nd district congresswoman; county recorder candidate Joetta Mitchell; county assessor candidate Susan Engelberth and county auditor candidate Michelle Puckett attended. Kim Cates, Turkey Creek Township advisory board candidate, also attended.
Allison McSherry, deputy district director for 3rd District Congressman Marlin Stutzman, read a letter from Stutzman.
State treasurer candidates who participate in a caucus in June in Fort Wayne to be on the November ballot attended, including Wayne Seybold, Kelly Mitchell and Don Bates.
Girod reminded those who attended to vote Tuesday.
“We have inherited an amazing legacy, a heritage of Republicanism in Kosciusko County,” Girod said.