Political Notebook

  • Kuhnle open house set for Sunday
    Congressional candidate Justin Kuhnle will have an open house Sunday at his campaign office in Albion.
  • Shepard to receive democracy award
    The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has announced Randall T. Shepard of Evansville as the recipient of the 2014 Advancing American Democracy Award.
  • Stutzman ready for a real recess
    Congress is off the month of August for a "district work period," but its members and the media still refer to such breaks as "recess."

Donnelly names 2 to staff

U.S. Senator-elect Joe Donnelly recently made two appointments to his staff.

Donnelly chose Elizabeth Shappell as his communications director and Ben Ray as his press secretary.

Shappell has been communications director for Donnelly’s House office, his 2010 re-election campaign and his Senate campaign. Donnelly, a Democrat, has represented Indiana’s 2nd District since 2007.

Shappell has worked for Donnelly since 2008. She is a native of Mishawaka and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

In her new post, Shappell will be in charge of Donnelly’s communications and oversee the press-office team.

Ray has been press secretary of the Indiana Democratic Party since July 2011. He previously worked for a Senate campaign in Kentucky, for the South Carolina Democratic Party and in the non-profit community. He is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Ky.