The People Leading the Progress: #TeamLogansport

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 DAVE KITCHELL, Logansport Mayor


I'm a Democrat because life isn't easy, particularly for people who are on the outside looking in and not connected with the bank account to the nearest politician. I'm a throwback to the era when John F. Kennedy challenged us to ask what we can do for our country, and not what our country can do for us. 


We have to do more to help our country for the sake of our children and our grandchildren.

 

The accomplishment I'm proudest of since being in office is lowering electric rates. It helps everyone and everything from economic development, to schools, to senior citizens and working families,  and that's the kind of thing public officials should do.


In my free time, I either watch news, sports, or classic movies. My wife, Julie, and I are baseball and softball parents to our children Max, and Goldie, and Minnie. We juggle schedules and transportation for them in their leagues.

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MERCEDES BRUGH,  Deputy Mayor 


 Whether you are a nail tech or a computer tech, Democrats work for you.  


The Kitchell Administration has had success reducing Logansport's brownfields.  I applied for and now administer a large grant that cleans up polluted properties in our city.   


We have cleaned up former gas stations, dry cleaners, and large commercial sites. I enjoy seeing these properties be productive again and contributing to our tax base.   


I enjoy talking politics over good food.




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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 am currently a science teacher at Lewis Cass High School. I have 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 our bargaining team for the last 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. 


When elected as the new Clerk Treasurer of Logansport, I will make all city transactions transparent. I will work with the City Council, Mayor, 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 like 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.  

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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. 

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LARRY HOOD, City Council Ward 2

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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:


  • Installing LED street lights which result in a reduction of energy use and utility cost savings
  • Insisting on affordable housing to be included proposed development and approving that development
  • Supporting the maintenance of our beautiful parks and walking/biking trails, and the expansion of trails


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. 

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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.

     

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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.  

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JAKE LeDONNE, Logansport 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.  


If elected, I will work toward bringing renewable resource projects to the area.


In my free time, I enjoy being in the company of family and friends.



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MATT MEAGHER, Logansport City Council  At-Large 

  

The Democratic Party has always understood that a rising tide lifts all boats.  


I am proud to have contributed to the success of the Revere Homes project and our focus on building new housing.  Any efforts at economic development and retail recruitment will be built on the back of increasing our population, and requires new housing.  

I’ve worked in the IT department at Logansport Memorial Hospital since 2007.  


My greatest joys are to spend time with my wife Andrea and our two sons, Anderson and Oliver.

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Cass IN-DEMS Central Committee

Citizen Volunteers

Our four  officers comprising the Cass INDems Central Committee  are all new since April 2019. They come together as a team with a broad scope of backgrounds and skills to put into action and an earnest devotion to our community, our state, and our nation.


They share a vision that when people do well, our country does well.  That when the least among us is fed, in a safe home, and cared for, we are all better for it. That our aspirations to work for a better community are founded upon bringing all  people along with us and to clear a path for new ideas and creative solutions.


We won't do this alone. We are looking for new candidates and volunteers to join us. Be the change. 


"Let's go take a picture."

Dan Arnett, Treasurer

President of United Steel Workers Local 4863


Cristina Cortez-Perez Cook, Secretary

Logansport High School Teacher


Lita Rouser, Chair

Purdue Center for Regional Development Business Advisor


Bill Wilson, Vice-Chair

Cole Hardwood 

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 "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