Allen County Dems, GOP elect leadership posts

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Allen County Democratic and Republican parties elected leadership positions at their respective reorganization caucuses Saturday morning.

Democratic Chairman Mindy Rogers speaking with a constituent at the Allen County democratic headquarters on Saturday, March 4.
Democratic Chairman Mindy Rogers speaking with a constituent at the Allen County democratic headquarters on Saturday, March 4.

Running unopposed, Mindy Rogers was elected chair of the Democratic Party Saturday morning at the party’s headquarters. Also running unopposed, Thad Gerardot was elected vice chair.

Meanwhile, in a three-way race, Misti Meehan was elected secretary. County Councilwoman Sharon Tucker was elected treasurer.

The Allen County Republican Party also held a reorganization caucus where Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill served as the keynote speaker.

Steve Shine was re-elected GOP chair, a role he has held for 24 years.

Meanwhile, Ron Williams was elected secretary, Bob Lee as treasurer, and Candice Fries was re-elected as vice chair. All GOP candidates ran unopposed.

“Twenty-four years of serving as the chairman of the Allen County Republican Party, but today feels like the first day,” Shine said.

Shine said the number one race on the party’s radar is the 2019 mayor’s race. However, he’s also preparing for the 2018 country elections where he hopes Republicans can takeover the one seat held by a Democrat on County Council.

Rogers said she’s looking forward to talking to constituents and creating a four year strategic plan. Rogers has worked with different political organizations since the 90s, and most recently served as Political Director for the Indiana Democratic Party.

“It gives me an opportunity to stay involved, Rogers said. “I’ve been involved in politics for many many years and it’s very personal to me. I’m excited. There’s a large opportunity for growth right now.”