Delegates vote on platform and ticket nominees

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - After a night full of speeches and celebrations, Indiana republican delegates spent the second day of the convention tackling their platform at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Delegates convened at 10 a.m. for the beginning of the general session. They voted on a platform for the Republican Party and elected the Republican state ticket for the fall.

“Basically, the platform is a good solid platform that anyone in the state of Indiana can support it,” said Vern Vierk, a delegate from Lake County.

The platform, as voted on, supports the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. There was a small minority of delegates, largely from Marion County who voted against the platform. They fought unsuccessfully to have the language changed in an amendment that ultimately failed, along with another amendment about social issues. Those in opposition to the language said it might limit the party’s ability to attract new voters, but people in favor of the platform said the committee worked hard to create language that’s a compromise.

“Actions speak louder than words, regardless if it’s on paper or not, we have to go out to the different segments of the community and talk about issues that interest them,” said Jose Evans, a delegate from Marion County.

Another big agenda item of the day was voting. Delegates chose their nominees for Secretary of State, Connie Lawson and State Auditor, Susanne Crouch. The votes for the state treasurer nominee were so close that delegates had to go to a third vote before Kelly Mitchell was chosen as the winner. Republicans said they believe they have a strong ticket for the fall.

“There’s been a lengthy recruiting process with our leadership at the top to find and recruit solid candidates,” said Suzy Barnhart, a delegate from Lake County.

However, the day wasn’t all about work. There will be a Kenny Loggins concert at the Embassy beginning at 8 p.m.

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