The Journal Gazette
Sunday, May 05, 2019 1:00 am

Democrats, GOP plan primary day parties

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Allen County's Democratic and Republican organizations will have watch parties Tuesday night in Fort Wayne to track results of that day's municipal primary elections.

Democrats will gather starting at 6 p.m. at Bergstaff Place, 2020 E. Washington Blvd., and Republicans will gather starting at 6 p.m. at the county GOP headquarters at 135 W. Main St.

Both parties have primary elections in Fort Wayne. Republicans also are having primaries in Grabill, Leo-Cedarville and New Haven. No primaries are scheduled in Monroeville and Woodburn because of the absence of contested races.

Among the offices for which voters will nominate candidates are Fort Wayne mayor, clerk and City Council; New Haven mayor, clerk-treasurer and council; and clerk-treasurers and town council members in Grabill and Leo-Cedarville.

Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The last session of early voting will be 8 a.m. to noon Monday at the Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main St., Fort Wayne.

Information about Tuesday's elections is available from the Allen County Election Board at

Republicans will have their traditional post-election Coney dog lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at party headquarters.

Posthumous honor

Public education advocate and activist Phyllis Bush, who died March 19 at the age of 75, was named this year's recipient of the J. Edward Roush Service Award presented by the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Party.

The party honored Bush posthumously at an April 27 dinner at the Eagle Glen Clubhouse in Columbia City. The annual award is for “contribution of time, talent and treasure” to 3rd District Democrats, said Misti Meehan, Allen County Democratic chairwoman.

Bush taught English at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, founded Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education and was a board member for the Network for Public Education.

Bush “demonstrated steadfast dedication to the betterment of the education system for all people,” Meehan said in her remarks at the dinner.

“Whether writing and organizing for the cause or holding a sign, Phyllis wanted people to know what is happening in their community. ... She participated in any way she could and was always willing to help.” 

The award is named after the Democratic congressman who represented northeast Indiana in the U.S. House from 1959 through 1968 and from 1971 through 1976. Roush, a Huntington resident who died in 2004, is best known for his legislative work to create the 911 emergency telephone system, build flood control reservoirs in Indiana and develop the nation's space exploration program.

Campaign school

Advancing Voices of Women will sponsor its second annual Women's Campaign Institute Aug. 2-4 at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

The institute is for women interested in seeking elective office. Topics will include campaigning, public speaking and campaign law, finances and fundraising.

The institute is part of the Paul Helmke School for Women in Public Life. Helmke, a former Fort Wayne mayor and director of the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center at Indiana University, will be among the presenters.

Other presenters include Sara Jane Rose, Sally's List of Oklahoma; Patricia Russo, Women's Campaign School at Yale University; former U.S. congresswoman Jill Long Thompson, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Marilyn Moran-Townsend, CVC Communications and institute co-chair; Brenda Gerber Vincent, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.; Jeff Brantley, Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Paula Hughes-Schuh, YWCA Northeast Indiana and former Allen County Council member; and Andrew Downs, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Applicants should submit a résumé and apply online by May 31 at The $550 fee  covers training, meals and materials for the applicant and her campaign manager or chief volunteer. All but $50 of fees may be defrayed by scholarships for accepted applicants.

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