Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Primary Election Forecast 2018

2018 Primary Forecast and Predictions

I've been sitting back watching the Primary unfold and I think I have seen enough to make a forecast. These are based on my opinions and just trying to read the tea leaves.

State House 66:
Republicans: Bowling Vs. Van Wye
Joe Van Wye is basically unknown outside his home town of Madison while Mike Bowling is close within the Jamey Noel camp. District 66 is a lot different than 71 because of the large geographic area it covers. Even though this is at least the second try for the office for Joe, Mike has a lot more support in the populous areas thanks to his Clark County roots, wide community involvement, and support from Sherriff Noel. I see an easy victory for the Mike Bowling Camp. 

State House 71:
Republicans: Owen Vs. Burke
Matt Owen and Dr. Kevin Burke makes for one of the most interesting races. On one side, young Matt who is somewhat limited in general life experience but has proven himself on the city council and also the highest vote getter in the At-Large Council races. On the other side, elderly Dr. Burke who was thought to be a democrat for years. I see this being a tight race but I give the edge to Matt Owen.

Democrats: Fleming Vs. Schlatter
Dr. Rita Fleming and Jason Schlatter is also a very interesting race to see unfold. Dr, Fleming has her followers for sure but no one in any Clark County Race can match the work put in by Jason Schlatter. While Jason hits this ballot completely unknown prior to this race, I see his hard work paying off in a victory over Dr. Fleming.

State House 72:
Democrats: Charbonneau Vs. FitzGerald
Both of these candidates have the same basic platform: school funding and fighting substance abuse. However, if you want guns to be taken away then FitzGerald is probably your guy. While both of them are gun control advocates, FitzGerald appears to be the "Take Them All Away" candidate. Beyond that, the overall tone of Fitz' campaign is similar to Dan Canon's and the district is within Canon's strong hold of New Albany, I'm going to give this race to FitzGerald.    

Floyd County Sherriff:
Republicans: Loop Vs. Lehman
Incumbent Sherriff Loop has done a great job in office. I'm going to have to go with the incumbent for this race and give Loop the dubya. 

Floyd County Commissioner District 1:
Democrats: Applegate Vs. Martin
This race has really heated up over the last week thanks to a WLKY news story. It wasn't so much the WLKY story that fired this up but the response on social media over the weekend by supporters on both sides. Personally, I side with the Applegate camp in that Martin has hit on EVERYTHING except Smart Growth which is the centerpiece of Applegate's campaign. Martin seemed to notice that she is outmatched by Applegate so figured it works for him, must work for her too so why not use the TV interview to the fullest. How will this work out? Who knows. What I do know is that Applegate is all over the place and has lots of support compared to Martin. Because of that, this races goes to Applegate. 

Clark County Council District 1:
Democrats: Jordan Vs. Hollis
Larry Jordan Jr. seems like a nice man but Barb Hollis has always been well liked and done a good job over the years. Just on the sure fact that she is a strong incumbent, I have to give her the victory.

Floyd County Council District 2:
Republicans: Roberts Vs. Wright
So Cam Wright is the incumbent but he is one of the most quite elected officials I've ever seen. I've found myself often wondering how this guy got elected. Adam Roberts on the other hand really wants to be elected to something. I've seen him in different places running for different things. Never really heard anything bad about him but nothing that sets the world on fire either. I'm going to make this call based on how hard Roberts is working this election and I'll give him the win.

Clark County Recorder:
The seat being vacated by Zach Payne seems to be the most sought after seat within local government this time around. I say for the democrats, it is a toss up between Lincoln Crum and Jeff Frey. For the republicans, I think Terry Conway pulls out the win. When the votes are counted on election day, your guess is as good as mine to who ends up on the November ballot. There are too many people in the field on either side of the ticket to assume a winner.

US Representative for IN 9th District:
Republicans: Hollingsworth Vs. Alspach
Representative Hollingsworth is strong. In my opinion he's actually done a very good job as our congressman. He's very intelligent, pragmatic, and proactive. In my experiences, if I have called him he has always called back. If we didn't agree, we were able to have a very in-depth conversation to where we could both explain our points of view and why. As for James Alspach, I have one question. Who is James Alspatch? Other than a businessman from Morgantown, I have no idea and have not heard his name one time. The victory in this primary goes to Hollingsworth by a landslide.

Democrats: Canon Vs. Watson Vs. Chatlos
This race is really only between 2 of these candidates: Dan Canon or Liz Watson. Between the two you have "Bernie Sanders Liberal" Dan Canon or "Bernie Sanders Liberal" Liz Watson. No doubt that Canon has wide support from the hipster generation. However, they both support policies that would turn Indiana into a combination of (insert socialist country here) and California. Liz is a lot more polished than Dan and I believe her previous efforts within Washington helps her carry wider support from Democrats. While Dan will probably bring in a majority of the LGTB vote because of his Supreme Court Case, I believe Liz comes out on top of this one by a narrow margin because of her support from labor-unions.

US Senate:
Braun Vs. Messer Vs. Rokita
This race is a mess because of all the mud being thrown around. Let's be honest, Messer and Rokita are basically the same person from the stand point of experience and voting record to where I have a hard time separating the two of them. I really liked Braun until he jumped into the mud throwing game with the others. As for who the winner will be, it's looking more and more like Messer is working it a little better and probably has the edge. 

What are your thoughts?
Do you have the scoop?
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Democrats for Floyd Co Commissioner 1st District

Let's Jump into the Floyd County Commissioner's Race for 1st District 

                       Jason Applegate with wife Angie Fenton                        LaMicra Martin(L) with Senate 46 Candidate Anna Murray(R)

Floyd County politics have always been interesting. Neither party is particularly strong and at the local level, it's hard to separate where the party lines within those we are currently holding office. That is not a bad thing. Of all of the races coming up, I find the primary race for the 1st District County Commissioner to be the one to watch. While both Democrat Primary opponents have (D) behind their name, based on my research they could not be further apart.

LaMicra Martin
Filing first was LaMicra (AKA Young, AKA Pruitt) Martin. While she has earned the endorsments of the Stonewall Democrats and others, I have to wonder if they know her whole story. LaMicra is often seen tied to hip of Anna Murray and Dan Canon at local Democrat functions. However, what I found was that she was often seen in the local courts as well. The expungement and sealing of file motion filed on March 6th of this year was an interesting find, so I dug a little deeper.

What was found is a track record of her as a defendant in small claims court. I found 6 separate cases with plaintiffs as large as Capitol One to as small as a local dentist, all for what appears to be non-payment issues. At least one of these resulted in wage garnishment. In addition, she was charged with four counts Class D Felony Theft in Clark County to which, as I understand and part of a plea agreement, she pled guilty to one count that resulted in 1year suspension of jail time for each count. She was then put on 1 year probation.

On the surface, LaMicra appears to be a nice woman. I respect the fact she tries to give back to the community through a few groups including the local Habitat for Humanity. But again, I can't help but wonder if they are aware one of their board members has had these issues. Considering her legal track record, is she REALLY someone who should be leading Floyd County? 

Jason Applegate
The surprise candidate to the race was Jason Applegate. Jason has deep ties within New Albany and Floyd County who has experienced personal tragedy when losing his wife to cancer only to persevere to start a local paint store. While the paint store never fully took off and ultimately closed, he continued to persevere. It was about the time he met his soon to be wife Angie Fenton. This is where together, they become owners of the far reaching and well known magazine, EXTOL. For a short time they were partners with Neace Ventures. That is no longer the case and they are growing their local startup one day at a time with great success. Jason and Angie seem to be salt of the Earth people who legitimately love southern Indiana and celebrate it with every issue of EXTOL.

In researching Jason, there is nothing I could find that should make anyone doubt his intentions and leadership. In asking around, all the feedback points to him being a left of center politically pragmatic individual. Everyone I spoke with agreed that he is a good fit and a middle of the road candidate who could find common ground across the spectrum. What everyone agrees to is that he doesn't drink the Kool-Aid too much from either side. This is the type of person whom I could support all the way through the General Election. I have to be honest: To me, a guy like Jason Applegate could be the Hope of the Local Democrats this political season. Guess we'll have to wait and see.  

Jason Applegate            Vs.           LaMicra Martin

What have you heard?
Do you have the scoop?
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Clark County Candidate List for 2018

The Complete List of Candidates
for Clark County

There are some familiar names as well as some new ones. I commend all of you for throwing your hats into the ring even if we won't always agree. I'm looking forward to an exciting election season that I'm sure will be full of surprises. May the best candidate win!