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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:10 am

3rd District Democratic leader resigns

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The leader of northeast Indiana's Democratic Party has resigned five months after winning election to the post. 

Madalyn Sade-Bartl announced in an email late Tuesday night that the time required for her unpaid position as chairwoman of the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Party was interfering with her job as Churubusco clerk-treasurer and with family obligations. 

"Not only has my work life suffered, but my family life has suffered, too. These are two areas I do not wish to compromise. This was a very difficult decision, but I do strongly feel it is the right decision for all those involved," Sade-Bartl wrote. 

She also is the project manager of Churubusco's Stellar Designation Program, which is among three finalists for $6 million in state grants for community improvements. Churubusco would use the money to renovate its public library and make renovations to the town's Main Street. 

Sade-Bartl, 35, said in her announcement that she is administering seven state grants and has applied for an eighth. 

"Given the amount of time and effort that is required of me for those projects as well as the requirements of being the Clerk-Treasurer of Churubusco, I do not feel it is fair to my constituents to continue as CD3 chair," she said. 

In a telephone interview Wednesday, she said she also has leadership positions with the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce and the town's Rotary Club, and she will start work on a master's degree in public administration from Indiana State University in August. 

"I was not giving my full effort" to the various obligations "so I had to step back," Sade-Bartl said about her decision to resign as Democratic Party chairwoman. 

Justin Kuhnle, vice chairman of the 3rd District Democratic Party, said Wednesday he hopes to schedule a caucus of party officials in the 12-county region to elect a new chairman in the next few weeks. Kuhnle said he has not decided whether he will seek the top spot in the organization. 

Sade-Bartl was elected Democratic chairwoman in a special caucus Jan. 22 to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Carmen Darland and was re-elected in March during a regularly scheduled party reorganization caucus. 

Sade-Bartl said in her email she would continue to be involved with the Democratic Party. 

"I thank the counties of CD3 for their continued hard work in this very, very red area and I hope to one day be part of turning it blue again," she wrote. 

The 3rd District, which consists of 10 counties in northeast Indiana and parts of two others, has long been a Republican stronghold. 

bfrancisco@jg.net