A Herald Bulletin article published April 22 caused confusion for many as to who was being endorsed by the Madison County Republican Party in the primary election. Shortly thereafter, an editorial published April 27, implied that voters were not free to vote for whom they want in the primary election.
Both of these issues must be addressed and clarified so Republican Party voters can make informed choices next Tuesday, May 6.
First, the purpose of a primary election is for the selection of candidates from a voter’s party of preference to run in the fall election. This year, there are several contested races and some very distinct differences among the candidates on the Republican ballot. The leadership of the Republican Party feels the need to inform our Republican voters who are the best candidates to represent our party and why.
Secondly, with regard to the editorial on April 27, this is not about a feud between two people. There is a group of candidates that have formed a new organization who claim to be Republican, but in fact are just using our Republican Party name to get in office.
After losing their bid for re-election in the 2012 fall election, these candidates are attempting to be re-elected and have recruited others to run with them. The voters spoke in 2012 by voting them out of office.
These same individuals used their influence to push their arrogant personal agendas, used “scorn & burn” tactics with the county budget, removed vital public services, motivated by vindictive revenge eliminated essential jobs, pushed their anti-government philosophy, and most importantly — they completely disregarded public opinion.
The Madison County Republican Party does not and will not condone such action. This group of individuals is not representative of the Republican Party, its values and expectations.
For the first time in over 34 years, the leadership of the Madison County Republican Party comprised of officers, precinct committeeman, ward and township chairman are endorsing candidates that will represent the party and the voters.