Dubois County Republican Party Chairman Kitty Merkley and Treasurer Sonya Haas, participated in the statewide County Officers Training this past Saturday in Danville, Indiana. The training was provided by the Indiana Republican Party as part of an ongoing program of developing Republican Party leaders.
State GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer kicked off the day with a review of recent elections and a status report on the State of Indiana and the state party. Indiana’s conservative fiscal policies and budget surplus cushioned the pandemic’s economic blow to the State’s economy and has contributed to helping people and businesses recover faster than the nation’s average. Republicans hold all statewide offices, both US Senate seats, seven of the nine Congressional seats, super majorities in both houses of the Indiana General Assembly and eighty-eight per cent of the elected county offices in the state. “The challenge is to continue to deliver good government to Hoosiers to be rewarded by the voters,” was the theme heard often during the day.
During the course of the day-long training, participants were addressed by US Senator Todd Young and Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. Each thanked the officers for taking the responsibility for leading their county party organizations and looked ahead to the 2022 election cycle. They highlighted the things that unite Republicans and focused on public service as the reason party members stay committed.
Training sessions were led by State GOP staff and veteran county party officers. Topics included: campaign basics, fundraising, working with the media, and voter data. Follow-up training for county volunteers and candidates is planned. Staff members reviewed the roles and responsibilities of party officers paying particular attention to legal requirements and reporting. The training was wrapped up with a panel discussion and questions and answer session.
The Indiana GOP County Officers Training established links between local party organizations and state party staff as well as provided important networking opportunities for county officers across the state. Numerous examples of collaboration were seen and all participants look forward to the annual Congress of Counties coming early next year.