"Economic development is key to the future of Cass County and I will work to develop and implement a plan that is forward-thinking and won't invite businesses that may be harmful to our community, such as WSP. A plan that focuses on safe businesses that are a right fit for our communities, and supports existing businesses and industries and agriculture. You have a choice for change. I ask for your vote." Vicki Byrd
Vicki is a lifelong resident of Cass County. After graduating from Logansport High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from DePauw University and a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
In her current position since 2006, she serves as vice president of planning and development at Logansport Memorial Hospital where she is responsible for planning (including project development and strategic planning), marketing, physician recruitment, Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation, volunteers, concierge services, and customer experience. She also serves as a community liaison representing the hospital and promoting community health and wellness initiatives.
Previously, she had served as vice president of operations for the North Central Indiana Private Industry Council and president/CEO of Workforce Development Strategies. She is a past president of the Logansport Rotary Club and the United Way of Cass County and most recently served as United Way Campaign Chair in 2018. In addition, she serves as a board member and secretary of the Logansport Parks & Recreation Foundation and as a member of the Complete Streets Committee and Logansport Re-Imagined and has recently been named to the Board of Trustees for Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo Campus.
In 2014, she was named the Logansport Cass County Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year; in 2015, she received the Arden Cramer Humanitarian Award and was honored as one of six women who were named Women in Business 2018.
She and her husband, William live in Logansport. They have two grown daughters, Emily Byrd Metheny and Rachel Byrd Huffman and six grandchildren. Her husband Bill is retired from Logansport Community School Corporation and they are members of First United Methodist Church in Logansport. She is the daughter of the late John E. Vernon and Rosemary Vernon. Her father, John Vernon served on the Logansport City Council and was the Mount Hope Cemetery Sexton.
"Along with my fellow citizens, I say "no" to WSP! I am committed to serve as Coroner and provide education to help prevent unnecessary deaths and decrease cancer and infant/child fatalities. I've been a nurse for 19 years, Deputy Coroner for three, and serve as a certified Medicolegal Investigator. I want to educate people on preventable deaths so when we know better, we do better. I ask for your vote." Angie Zeck
Angie has lived in Cass County her entire life. She is a proud graduate of Logansport High School.
She received her Associate Degree in Science from Indiana University Kokomo. Three years ago, Angie
earned her Medicolegal Investigator Certification.
For the past 19 years, Angie has been a practicing nurse, with the last 13 years as a registered nurse.
Utilizing her nursing experience and her Medicolegal Investigator Certification, Angie has served as a
Deputy Coroner with the Cass County Coroner’s Department since early 2017. Angie along with her
husband, Rod Zeck, own and operate Comfort Keepers in Logansport and Evansville and Elite Home and Nursing Care.
As a community service, Angie has volunteered her time to help the Cass County Health Department with COVID-19 testing. As part of being a Deputy Coroner, Angie serves on the Cass County Child Fatality Review Board. She has had specialized training in Sudden Unexplained Infant Death/Sudden Death in the Young, analyzing 911 homicide calls, gunshot wound evaluation and completed an extensive externship with Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Sozio.
Rod and Angie live in the
Galveston/Young America area. They have eight children, Kristi (Phil) Gurule, Colton (Laura) Zeck, Kensi (Travis) Yokum, Kassi Zeck (fiancé Austin Clem), Conner Zeck, Caden Zeck, Tyler Gaumer and Brenton Gaumer and seven grandchildren. Besides Comfort Keepers, Rod owns and operates Zeck and Son’s Excavating and is the Chieft Deputy Coroner for the Cass County Coroner’s Department. Angie and Rod are members of Crossroads Community Church in Kokomo.
Angie is the youngest of four- Rob (Angie) McMinn, Scott (Mandi) McMinn and Jill McMinn. Angie is the daughter of Nancy Ashba and Larry McCarter.
"We're the grassroots that hold this county together and I will work to make this a strong and healthier place to live. We will stop WSP and do more together to save our communities. With me, you have a new voice and new ideas to build the Cass County we all want. I ask for your vote in November. " Emily Sawyer
Emily was born and raised in Cass County. She graduated from Logansport High School and completed a culinary program at Ivy Tech Community College.
She was a cook for Jefferson Street BBQ and Rabble Rousers Farm to Truck. She currently works for the deli department at Martin’s Supermarket.
She is an avid patron of the local arts and music community and a supporter of locally grown foods from the farmers markets and producers.
Emily stated, “My primary concern Is preventing WSP from poisoning our community. Not just in Cass County but all the communities around us. I am also concerned about the looming economic collapse and food security. Before COVID, one in five Cass County children didn't know where their next meal was coming from. With the recent job losses, this is likely to get worse.”
She and her husband James reside on Logansport with their dog fur baby Thompson.
"Cass County needs leaders who will stand for truth and accountability, with a willingness to communicate and be transparent. This builds trust in our local government. I am willing to lend an ear to your concerns and lend a hand to help." Kenny Reese
Kenny has called Cass County home for 35 years. He chose Cass County for its geographic position and rural beauty. As the first-generation member in his family to locate in Cass County, he put down roots and his family is now into its fourth generation.
Kenny is a North White High School graduate. He served in the United States Air Force and became an electronics technician working on missile systems. After four years of service, he received an honorable discharge and moved back to Indiana. Kenny then completed an apprenticeship with the IBEW Local #668 in Lafayette.
Over the last several years, Kenny has worked his trade predominately in Cass and surrounding counties. He's worked both new construction, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Kenny retired from the IBEW after 40 years of service and is currently employed as electrical manager for BHJ/USA, an internationally owned pet food processing company with a local facility located within the Logansport Cass County industrial park.
Along with his wife Connie, they have two children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
"I oppose WSP! I'm seeking office to take care of and defend Cass County Citizens, not harm them. Every county and city official should be on the same team and listen to our community. I will work to be part of positive change. I ask for your vote." Andrew Vinson
Andrew is a resident of Cass County since 2009. He was born and raised in southern Indiana and Attended College in Florence, South Carolina.
Andrew currently owns and operates two businesses in Logansport, Vinson’s Cleaning Service and Two Rivers Realty LLC. He also owned and operated Latte On A Leash.
As a business owner he has been an active member of the Cass County community and now he is ready to put his organization and leadership skills to work for the people of Cass County.
Andrew and his spouse adopted their son Henry Vinson in 2018 after being his foster parents since 2016. Henry is the circle of his lives. They spend a lot of time together as a family.
Andrew wants to be a part of a leadership team that creates a Cass County where his son and others want to stay and raise families.
"I say 'no' to WSP! Saying no to WSP is the right thing to do, but it shouldn't be our only response. We must say 'yes' to addressing the environmental issues facing Cass County communities. I ask for your vote." Joe Mackey
Life-long Tippecanoe County resident and children's healthcare reform advocate Joseph Mackey is running to become Indiana's Representative for the 4th Congressional District. A life-long Catholic, Joe graduated from Lafayette Central Catholic High School and he and his wife, Tami, are active members of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Their oldest son, Connor, is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University and works for a medical marketing firm in Chicago.
Joe and Tami lost two of their children to pediatric cancers in 2013 and 2015, and have since become fervent advocates for the families of children with cancer. Their foundation, the Claire E. and Patrick G. Mackey Children's Cancer Foundation, provides various forms of assistance to those families struggling with the challenges of having a child with cancer and raises funds to support pediatric specific cancer research.
"I'm against WSP and for sustainable economic development and a Big Future for everyone in Cass County. I'm asking for your support this November. " Alex Sabol
Alex has a vision for Indiana where there is a Big Future for Everyone. Alex is a democratic candidate looking to represent each and every person in District 25, which includes parts of Tippecanoe County, White County, Carroll County, Cass County, and Clinton County.
Alex was born and raised in West Lafayette. He graduated valedictorian from Harrison High School and with honors from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Alex is a proud Hoosier who is committed to making a difference in his home state and community. He's a loving husband to his wife, Arielle, and a loving father to his dog, Jay.
Alex is here to see to it that Indiana becomes a model of a state and communities of the future. He looks forward to connecting with Hoosiers and voters across his district.
"I'm advocating against WSP because I believe it's critical that we ensure that the air we breath and the water we drink are pure for future generations. I ask for your vote. " Tom Hedde
During his career in education, Tom’s priority has always been what is best for the students. As IN District 38 Representative, Tom will always ask what is best for the citizens of our district.
Tom is an advocate for the hard-working Hoosiers in District 38.
He grew up in Cass County and graduated from Logansport High School, later attending Indiana University Kokomo and IUPUI where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He is a licensed in elementary education, middle school math, and mild intervention K-12. He’s taught in both middle school and high school and currently teaches STEM at Maple Crest Middle School.
Tom served two terms as Clerk Treasurer in Camden and also worked at D&B Ready-mix, Deichman Excavating, and Keystone Consulting.
He and his wife, Billie, live in Flora and have called Carroll County home for over 30 years. They have three children and three grandsons.
"I'm the only State Senate candidate on the Cass County ballot who opposes WSP. I will fight for you in the State Senate and I ask for your support." Laura Fred-Smith
Laura is lifelong resident of Cass County. Born in Kokomo, and raised in Logansport, she is a 1996 graduate of Logansport High School.
Laura attended Indiana University- Kokomo and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Science and Social Studies. After spending a year as a substitute teacher at Landis Elementary she was offered a job at Winamac Community High School. While in Winamac, she taught subjects ranging from advanced biology to general physical science. While there, she was awarded research grants to further her work with students.
She's a member of the Indiana Teacher Association and served as past president of the Eastern Pulaski Teacher's Association. She also served as Chair of the science department and served on the school improvement committee. Laura is currently teaching eighth grade science at Logansport Junior High school.
Laura has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than twenty years and together they have two sons. Her oldest, Dakota is a graduate of Indiana University-Kokomo with a degree in History and Political science. Her youngest, Aedan attends Pioneer Jr/Sr High school and hopes to go to Purdue to be a biomedical engineer.
"For years we’ve seen Indiana’s state leaders put business interests before Hoosiers’ health. Clean air, clean water and a robust public process must be a priority for State leaders as much as it is for Cass County. " Woody Myers
Dr. Woody Myers is the 2020 Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana. A third-generation Hoosier, he is also a physician, former Indiana State Health Commissioner, business owner, husband, father, and grandfather.
An Indianapolis native, Woody is a proud product of Indianapolis public schools and a graduate of Shortridge High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and went on to earn his medical degree from Harvard University at age 23 and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. Throughout his career, Woody addressed important problems with every organization he has led, generating real results and leaving each of them stronger and ready for the challenges ahead.
"I’m running to be Governor of Indiana, because our state needs new leadership that puts people first, not politics. As Governor, I will fight to ensure that all Hoosiers can access affordable health care, students receive a high-quality education, we protect our environment, and workers have good-paying jobs across Indiana. We’re living in an extraordinary time. The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us how important it is to elect leaders who can think ahead to the challenges we face, act quickly in times of turmoil, and put the people of Indiana before everything else. I am that leader."
Linda Lawson is a lifelong champion for social justice and equality,
women, workers, animals, and public schools. She is no stranger to
breaking glass ceilings and leading the way for women.
Linda was the first female officer of the Hammond Police Department
and retired as Captain 24 years later. During that time, she raised
two beautiful daughters, Jennifer Webber and Laura Wozniak, and she
served as a Hammond School Board member, patrol office, D.A.R.E.
Officer, sex crime investigator, and Captain of Support Services.
In 1998, Linda was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives
representing District 1. She served as the House Judiciary Chair for
six years. In 2012, she became the first female elected by the House
Democratic caucus to serve as the Floor Leader and remained in the
leadership position until her retirement in 2018.
Since retirement, Linda has been living in Nashville, Indiana with her
two best fur friends, Sophie and Hank. She enjoys spending time with
her beautiful daughters and granddaughter, Genavive, and is an active
member of the community. Currently, she serves on the Town of
Nashville’s Election Board and Nashville Police Department Merit
Jonathan Weinzapfel has more than three decades of experience serving Indiana in both the public and private sector.
Jonathan first held elected office as a State Representative in the Indiana General Assembly, where he served as Chairman of both environmental and criminal justice committees.
Jonathan served as the Mayor of Evansville for two successful terms from 2004 to 2011. Under Jonathan’s leadership, Evansville was named the Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, chosen as the best mid-sized metro area in the nation for relocating families and voted the #1 city in the country in which to live, work and play. During his tenure, Jonathan created more than 2,000 well-paying jobs in Evansville by promoting regional economic development efforts, revitalized Evansville neighborhoods by developing new housing and assisting small businesses, and rejuvenated its downtown with the construction of the Ford Center, the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, a loft program for new housing and much more. What’s more, Jonathan did all of this with a balanced budget every year he was in office.
Most recently, Jonathan served as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, where he led several successful initiatives aimed at providing affordable, quality educational programs to Hoosiers in southwestern Indiana and preparing them for good-paying jobs. One of these initiatives was the Achieve Your Degree program, which began on the Evansville campus, and now has spread to nearly all of the 19 campuses throughout the state. The program partners with employers to provide a free community college education to their employees and remove the upfront costs to encourage them to continue their education. Jonathan also spearheaded the College Connection Coach and Pathways Plus Initiatives, two initiatives aimed at providing career and academic counseling to Indiana high school students and assisting them with earning a college credential before they graduate from high school.
Jonathan also has extensive private sector experience as an attorney, journalist and professor, including his roles with a Fortune 200 company and one of the top 100 banking companies in the United States. Jonathan recently accepted a position as Partner with Jones Wallace LLC, an Evansville legal firm serving mid-size tri-state businesses.
Jonathan and his wife Patricia reside in Evansville with their three children Nathaniel, Benjamin and Eleanor
With the GOP leading Cass County and Indiana for so long, we find ourselves out of balance. At both the county and state levels, we have one party in their own little bubble, convinced that they know what's best for the rest of us. Well they don't.
We all know actions speak louder than words. The GOP can talk all day, but their actions say they stopped listening to us a long time ago.
Otherwise we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. Indiana ranks poorly in areas that are most critical, like healthcare, air and water pollution, infrastructure, and more (US News and World Report). Cass County has been steadily losing population since the year 2000 (US Census Bureau) and has serious issues that go unaddressed, like no long term economic development planning, high rates of infant mortality, and high rates of cancer.
People say they want change and we believe them. Change starts at the ballot box. Now you have a choice.
DUANE ULLOM, City Clerk Treasurer
I have been a Democrat since I began voting. I believe the values of the Democratic Party best represent the interest of the majority of the American population, especially those of the lower and middle class income group.
The Democratic philosophies of better education, higher wages for workers, and civil rights for everyone have always been important to me. And these principals are extremely important in this day and age, given the actions of our current political leaders.
I retired from teaching science at Lewis Cass High School. I taught biology and other sciences for 37 years. I also coached for thirty years, being involved with football, wrestling and softball. I have been a Lewis Cass Association Building Representative and a member of the teacher's union bargaining team for six years. I was also a past president and six year board member of the Galveston Little League. I am a three-year member and current president of the Logansport Parks and Recreation Board.
As Clerk Treasurer of Logansport, I will make all city transactions transparent. I will work with the City Council, Mayor Martin, and department heads to maintain an appropriate city budget. I will work to maintain the best health insurance possible for city employees. And I would want to update our computer systems to make them more efficient for maintaining and accessing data for our employees and the public.
During my free time I enjoy running, biking, fishing, and hunting. And I love to spend time with my grandson.
DAVE MORRIS, City Council Ward 1
As a child my grandmother Georgia Olson was very involved in the Democrat party and she was the vice chairman of the Cass County Democrats. She taught me that it was important to be involved and that together we can make a difference. She believed that everyone mattered and that we are only as strong as our weakest link. That is what I believe it means to be a Democrat.
As a councilman I am chairman of the Public Utilities Committee. Our committee has worked closely with the Utilities Service Board.
Accomplishments include an agreement between the city and Logansport Municipal Utilities to convert all current street lighting to LED within three years, saving the city thousands of dollars.
We established a solar committee which agreed to purchase power from a proposed 10 milliwatt solar field to be constructed west of Holland Street.
I worked as a letter carrier for the Logansport Post Office for 35 yrs. retiring in 2014.
My wife Julie and I have seven children, 10 grandchildren and a great granddaughter, with whom we spend a lot of time. Hobbies include running, gardening (love flowers), traveling, and doing volunteer work.
LARRY HOOD , City Council Ward 2
AMY DENSBORN, City Council Ward 3
I have always been a very proud Democrat. Democrats are working class voters who want to roll their sleeves up and get work done. Democrats support each other and the community. Democrats are inclusive, inviting all to be among their membership regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Democrats believe that the creation of wealth and the pursuit of happiness are the rights of everyone in the community and not just the privileged few at the top. I feel my late father stated it best while discussing politics a few months before his passing. He said “Amy, is there another party?” For me and my family, there is no other party.
I am most proud of my efforts to make Logansport a more sustainable city. Together with my colleagues, I have worked on a number of initiatives to improve the sustainability of our city for the present and set for a more prosperous future. Examples include:
I am a science teacher at Lewis Cass High School. The subjects I teach are biology, earth space science and advanced placement environmental science. I am also the proud coach of the Lewis Cass Middle School Cross Country Team.
SCOTT PEATTIE, City Council Ward 4
I am a Democrat because I am a blue collar worker and former union member. Since President Franklin Roosevelt, Democrats have worked to better the lives of people like me. I've been fortunate to have worked and served with some great Democrats, including three term mayor Gene Monahan.
Since joining the City Council two years ago, I've been honored to be a part of improving Logansport by supporting businesses and our city departments. I've led efforts to reduce littering at Riverside Park and Logan Tire. I worked with the Logansport Police Department and the Department of Natural Resources to increase patrols and curb littering along the the Eel River. As a result, littering citations have been drastically reduced.
I retired from Logansport Municipal Utilities after 33 1/2 years. My free time is dedicated to the City Council, Emmaus Mission Center, and working as security at Purdue Athletics. The rest is spent fishing.
CARL McPHERSON, City Council Ward 5
I believe each person, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation deserves equal respect and equal rights to pursue a meaningful life. I believe we are responsible for each other.
I was born and went to school in Logansport. I attended McNees University on a track scholarship and earned a masters degrees in administration and supervision.
After working at Purdue University, I was project director of the Electronic Benefit Transfer under Gov. Evan Bayh. Afterwords, I was supervisor of finance under governor Frank O’Bannon.
I've served on the City of Logansport's Board of Public Works and was appointed board Emergency Management Agency Cass County.
Logansport is a great city and I believe with non-partisan cooperation we can make it even better. We need to keep focusing on safety for all our residents, and listen to those who have different ideas. If we use our resources wisely, we can get a lot accomplished.
My wife, Linda, and I enjoy spending time with our four children and nine grandchildren.
JAKE LeDONNE, City Council At-Large
A genuine openness to all people is why I identify with the Democrat Party. I believe it's important to hear the opinions of all. It's important for people to feel included, where no one feels left out of discussions that determine the future of our city.
My focus as a councilman is to bring renewable resource projects to the area and the jobs they support.
In my free time, I enjoy being in the company of family and friends.
RANDY ROZZI, County Coroner
Randy has had a lifetime of public service.
He served on the Logansport Police Department for 20 years and retired from the force as Police Chief.
He's been a Case Manager with Cass/Pulaski Community Corrections since 2009 and has served as Cass County Coroner since 2013.
He started his career in the family's business working with his father as manager of the Logan Roller Rink from 1980 until 1997.
"Being a Democrat is all about helping others, which I have been doing all my adult life and still continue to do so. " Randy Rozzi
"We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future."
- Barbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan was an American lawyer, educator and politician who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representative
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