The Sunday Sit Down: Mitch Daniels
Plus: How Indiana's gubernatorial candidates worked to influence Tuesday's municipal elections results.
Indiana’s gubernatorial candidates went all out for municipal office seekers ahead of Election Day, hoping to boost—and build chits with—potential allies before next May’s primary. Their efforts are worth tracking—an early sign, perhaps, of potential savvy or lack thereof, a grassroots indicator of which campaigns are most wired across the state.
Here, a scorecard:
Sen. Mike Braun knocked doors with Fort Wayne Republican mayoral candidate Thomas Didier; phone banked with Evansville Republican mayoral candidate Natalie Rascher; and endorsed over 60 municipal candidates across the state, all the way down to town council members, according to his campaign.
Brad Chambers, the former Indiana Commerce Secretary, doled out $33,500 in donations to 19 Republican mayoral candidates from Angola to Warsaw, and also cut a personal $10,000 check to Sue Finkam, who is running for Carmel mayor, according to Chambers for Indiana. His campaign also provided grassroots support to five mayoral candidates in Carmel, Lawrence, Charlestown, Indianapolis and Greencastle.
Eric Doden and his team knocked doors for municipal candidates in Boone, Hamilton, Marion, Allen, and Huntington counties. Doden has also supported municipal candidates with donations and by attending and headlining events. "Because of the dysfunction in Washington DC, Eric strongly believes Indiana’s challenges must be solved by bold leadership at the state and local levels,” a campaign spokesperson said. “The Doden campaign and Eric personally have donated $14,000 and knocked more than 1,200 doors this year to support dozens of local Republican candidates across the state.”
Suzanne Crouch filmed endorsement videos for close to 100 municipal candidates that included targeted Facebook ad buys. She also spent five-figures to back candidates. In addition, she knocked doors in Carmel, Evansville, Lawrence, and Fort Wayne. In Evansville and Zionsville, she served as a special guest at fundraisers.
Curtis Hill’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Jennifer McCormick, the only Democratic candidate in the race, graced a get-out-the-vote rally at Kountry Kitchen for Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett Saturday morning. In addition, a spokesman told IMPORTANTVILLE: “[O]ur focus has been attending as many county events as possible—including GOTV events—alongside candidates, in an effort to help boost attendance, fundraising, and support. Our involvement has included attending county events with municipal candidates, attending GOTV county events in support of candidates, donating to candidates, and assisting where we can, such as with social media posts and boosts.”
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