The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

May 3, 2014

Ken de la Bastide: Tea Party poll shows Hanna may face primary problems

The three Tea Party organizations in Madison County recently conducted a straw poll and the results, for the most part, were predictable.

Although the Tea Party core group continually states it is non-partisan, none of the contested primary races on the Democratic Party side of the ballot were included.

After holding several meetings in Pendleton, Anderson and Alexandria, the only Democrat to attend was David Ford, running for the party’s nomination for the 5th Congressional District.

The only surprise in the straw poll, in which 31 people participated, was in the Republican Party race for the nomination for Madison County Sheriff.

Bruce Dunham received 14 votes in the poll, Tony Boze tallied nine and Sam Hanna garnered eight votes.

The surprise is that Hanna, who has attended most of the Tea Party meetings and has appeared numerous times on the primary ballot for sheriff, only received eight votes.

Boze, running for elected office for the first time in Madison County, was probably not expected to finish ahead of Hanna.

Political observers within the GOP expect Hanna to finish second to Dunham in Tuesday’s primary election.

There was no surprise in the fact that the candidates endorsed by the Madison County Republican Party finished behind the entire slate of candidates that former county councilman Mike Gaskill has been supporting within the Tea Party organization.

There has been a well-publicized feud between Gaskill and GOP Chairman Russ Willis over the control of the local party and its future direction.

Political followers from both parties will be closely watching the GOP primary returns to determine if the GOP slating of candidates is a factor.

Closing doors

The Madison County Commissioners decided officially to move forward with closing the public meetings of the county’s Data Processing Board.

This past week a legal advertisement was published notifying the public that meetings will be closed. The notice said that since the Data Processing Board doesn’t take official action, it is not subject to the Indiana Open Door Law.

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