[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Municipal Elections Are Complete (11/10/2011)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Start Date: 11/10/2011
End Date: 11/10/2011

We saw the election of two new mayors in District 74: Mayor elect Mary Snyder of Cannelton and Mayor elect Denny Spinner of Huntingburg.  We congratulate the new and re-elected mayors and thank the current mayors for their service to our communities.  In addition, we saw both re-elections and new blood in our communities as city/town council members and clerk-treasurers were elected.  I want to commend all who ran for elected office, win or lose.  You have done a great service to your community by sharing your vision, offering to serve your fellow neighbors and giving up much of your last year campaigning.  You have my respect and admiration.

For those newly elected and re-elected in our communities, we now look ahead to an important year of moving forward.  It is time to push our party labels into the background and to work for our communities, including larger regional issues for which I hope we can all work together such as the Ohio River Basin Caucus, roads and infrastructure, and economic development.

Yesterday I met with Malcolm Hutchinson, founding director of the Robert Owen Institute (ROI) located in New Lanark, Scotland.  Robert Owen, some may recall, was the social reformer who began New Harmony as a utopian community in 1826.  Mr. Hutchinson and the ROI membership hope to work with New Harmony and USI as they believe we, as a global community, have lost the ability to find common ground, solve problems and work apolitically.  Though I agree we see evidence of this nationally and worldwide, I don’t believe this is true in southern Indiana and I am pleased to serve with Democrats, Republicans and Independents who all work to make our communities, region and state great places to live and work.  Virtually all problems are solvable if we are willing to “come to the table” and work on them diligently, honestly, open-mindedly and creatively.

We have much work to do.  I thank all those who “threw their name in the hat” to serve.  And, I congratulate all those who were elected and re-elected this past week.  Let’s continue to work together for the good of southern Indiana and our state.

Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand)

Ellspermann Edition, Municipal Elections Are Complete, 11-10-11.doc