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 AND SO IT SNUCK UPON US. THE DAY WHEN THE PARTY'S VOTERS CHOOSE THE RESPECTIVE NOMINEES FOR OFFICE. THIS WAS A FIRST TIME ELECTION EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I STARTED THE DAY OFF IN CORTLAND AT 6:00 AM. I THEN TRAVELLED ALL OVER THE COUNTY BEFORE FINALLY FINISHING IN TAMPICO AT 6:00 PM. I AM TRULY THRILLED TO ACCEPT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S NOMINATION FOR THIS OFFICE TODAY.

FOR MYSELF, THIS IS ELECTRIC. IT IS BEYOND WORDS. I HAVE WORKED FEVERISHLY SINCE 12/19/15 WHEN I DECIDED TO NOT FOREGO ANOTHER CHANCE AT HELPING MAKE THE COUNTY A BETTER PLACE. I AM PROUD OF ALL THE CONTESTANTS THAT HAVE RUN. IT HAS BEEN A VERY CLEAN CAMPAIGN ON ALL SIDES.

I AM PROUD OF MY FAMILY FOR ASSISTING ME AT THE POLES AND HELPING GET THE WORD OUT OVER THE LAST MONTHS. NO ONE TOLD ME THAT IT WOULD BE EASY, AND NOW, I BELIEVE THEM. IT IS, HOWEVER, ALSO REWARDING. I SEE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT I KNOW, AND ALSO MEET SO MANY MORE NEW FRIENDS. TO THIS POINT, THIS HAS TRULY BEEN AN AMAZING RIDE.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOTERS THAT MADE THEIR WAY TO A POLL SITE AND CAST A VOTE FOR ME TODAY. THE CAMPAIGN IS TRULY GRATEFUL. IF YOU CAN FIND SOME WAY TO MAKE IT TO GAISER PARK ON MAY 14TH, FROM NOON-4 PM., WE WILL MAKE YOU A CHEESEBURGER.

I WOULD LOVE TO REPRESENT ALL OF YOU AS A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF JACKSON COUNTY. I HAVE MANY IDEAS AND PLANS THAT, I BELEIVE, WILL INCREASE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL RESIDENTS OVER TIME. I NOW ASK FOR YOUR HELP ONE MORE TIME IN OVERCOMING THE NEXT HURDLE ON NOVEMBER 8.


5-16-16, 5-17-16, AND 5-18-16- OUR CAMPAIGN SPENT THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE TRACTOR PULLS. I WANT TO THANK MY FATHER-IN-LAW RONNIE ROBERTS SR. FOR HELPING ME COVER THE BOOTH THE ENTIRE TIME THE PULLS WERE GOING ON. WE GAVE AWAY A CAMPING SET BY WAY OF A RAFFLE TO NICOLE SPRAY.

​    ALL IN ALL, WE LOVED WATCHING THE TRACTORS AND TRUCKS PERFORM AT THEIR VERY BEST. MANY PEOPLE CAME TO OUR BOOTH DURING THE EVENT AND SPOKE WITH US OVER THEIR VARIOUS INTERESTS AND CONCERNS. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT SHOWED AN INTEREST IN WHAT WE STAND FOR, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU IN THE FUTURE.

2/24/16- AFTER HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THE CAMPAIGN ORDERED YARD SIGNS INSTEAD OF MAKING THEM. THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING MARCH 9TH. IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE, PLEASE SEND YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS THROUGH THE EMAIL LINK ON THE HOME PAGE. THANKS IN ADVANCE TO THE AWNING GUY FOR MAKING OUR SIGNS.

2/21/16- I ATTENDED A CONFERENCE ABOUT SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNING BY ELAINE WAGNER. ELAINE RECENTLY OVERCAME MANY OBSTACLES IN HER RECENT VICTORIOUS CAMPAIGN FOR COLUMBUS CITY COUNCIL. SHE HAS TAUGHT ME MANY NEW IDEAS AND I AM GLAD TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM HER EXPERIENCE.
   I WAS ALSO HAPPY TO MEET DOUGLAS LEATHERBURY FROM SALEM, IN. DOUGLAS IS RUNNING FOR THE INDIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND I WISH HIM ONLY THE BEST OF LUCK.

2/18/16- I HAVE LAID OUT A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE SUMMER. SMITHS TIRE SALES CAMPAIGN STAFF WILL BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR STARTING MARCH 5, 2016. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT SOME POINT IN OUR ROUNDS, HOWEVER, IF WE DO MISS YOU, YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH OUR EVENTS BY VISITING THE UPCOMING EVENTS PAGE. THE FIRST MAJOR EVENT IS MAY 14TH AT GAISER PARK. EVERYONE AND ANYONE IS INVITED TO COME OUT AND CHAT WITH THE CANDIDATE AND ENJOY SOME FREE FOOD.

2/9/16- I ATTENDED THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE YEAR FOR THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I AM MORE EXCITED THAN EVER NOW TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO, AND ARE WILLING TO ASSIST OUR CAMPAIGN IN WHATEVER WAYS WE NEED. THANK YOU EVERYONE THAT ATTENDED AND SHOWED SUPPORT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO A BATTLE THAT WE MUST WIN FOR OUR COUNTY.

2/3/16- THE DEMOCRATIC TOWN HALL TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE NEW HAMPSHIRE CAUCUS. I BELIEVE IS IT TIME FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS TO STAND, TOGETHER, AND SAY "WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF BIG MONEY AND LOBBYISTS RUNNING OUR COUNTRY BEHIND THE SCENES."

  WE MUST REIGN IN SPENDING, FIX OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, PAY MORE ATTENTION TO CONSTITUENTS, ALLOW LANDOWNERS TO USE THEIR LAND HOW THEY SEE FIT, AND LEARN TO SAY "NO" WHEN NEEDED. WE NEED TO SHOW THE COUNTY THAT WE ARE READY FOR CHANGE. WE NEED TO SHOW THE COUNTY THAT WE NEED BOLD LEADERSHIP.


2/1/16- THE FIRST YARD SIGN IS INSTALLED. THEY ARE BEING MADE SLOWLY BUT SURELY BY OUR CAMPAIGN. THE CAMPAIGN HAS DECIDED TO TAKE THE TIME AND MAKE OUR OWN SIGNS INSTEAD OF PURCHASING THEM.


1/28/16- BRAD SMITH MAKES THE ROUNDS IN HAMILTON, REDDING, AND VERNON TOWNSHIPS. HE INSPECTS SOME ROADS, AND TALKS TO THE FEW PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT AND ABOUT IN THEIR YARDS AT HOME.


1/24/16- THE PLANS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS IS ADDED TO WEBSITE. ALTHOUGH THE PLANS ARE NOT DEFINATE, THEY GIVE VOTERS AN IDEA OF WHEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO TALK TO THE CANDIDATE AND, IF NOTHING ELSE, GET SOME FREE HAMBURGERS.


1/19/16- ALL SMITH'S TIRE SALES LOCATIONS BEGIN TO PASS OUT VEHICLE WINDOW STICKERS FOR NO CHARGE. WE APPRECIATE ALL THOSE THAT SHOW SUPPORT.


1/12/16- THE FINAL STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH IS DELIVERED BY BARACK OBAMA. I AGREE WITH THE MAJORITY OF HIS POLICIES AND SUGGESTIONS, AND I DO ADMIRE THE COURAGE HE HAS SHOWN IN STANDING HIS GROUND ON CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES. ONE THING ABOUT HIM IS THAT YOU KNOW WHERE HE STANDS. THERE ARE SOME POINTS IN THIS SPEECH WE CAN ALL AGREE ON: 1. THE STATE OF THE UNION IS STRONG. 2. WE ARE THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY ON THIS PLANET. 3. WE ARE MOST POWERFUL WHEN WE STAND TOGETHER AND DO NOT HATE AND DISCRIMINATE. 4. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR OUR MILITARY AND ALL THEY DO FOR US EVERYDAY. LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL THOSE THAT PROTECT IT.


1/12/16- TRIBUNE PUBLISHES AN ARTICLE ON THE ELECTION WITH A SMALL QUOTE FROM BRAD SMITH AND OTHERS.


1/6/16- ON THE FIRST ACTUAL DAY AVAILABLE TO REGISTER, BRAD SMITH REGISTERS HIMSELF AS A CANDIDATE FOR COMMISSIONER OF DISTRICT 2.


12/29/15- CAMPAIGN LOGO DESIGNED.


12/29/15- THE FIRST CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED. THANK YOU AMERICA SMITH FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION. WORD IS GETTING OUT. MANY PEOPLE HAVE WISHED LUCK TO OUR CANDIDATE.


12/23/15- THE WEBSITE GOES LIVE. BLUECOLLARVALUES.COM GOES ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME.


12/22/15- PAPERWORK IS RECEIVED. MR. SMITH BEGINS THE LONG TASK OF CAMPAIGNING BY BEGINNING TO FORM A COMMITEE AND BUILDING THE WEBSITE THAT WILL BE USED TO ENLIGHTEN VOTERS TO HIS STANCES.


12/19/15- BRAD SMITH, AFTER MANY YEARS OF DELIBERATION, DECIDES THAT HE WILL INDEED FILE FOR CANDIDACY IN THE DEMOCRATIC BALLOT FOR THE RACE FOR COMMISSIONER OF DISTRICT 2 JACKSON COUNTY, INDIANA.

RED, WHITE, ANDBLUEFESTIVAL

4-2-16- OUR CAMPAIGN TALKED TO MANY POTENTIAL VOTERS TODAY. IT WAS A TERRIBLY WINDY DAY, BUT WE DIDN'T LET THAT STOP US. OUR WALKING TEAM BRAVED THE ELEMENTS AND GOT THE WORD OUT. WE NEED EVERYONE AT THE POLLS SO WE CAN ALL HELP DECIDE THS ELECTION. I LOVE TALKING TO EVERYONE AND GETTING TO MEET SO MANY NEW PEOPLE AS WELL AS SEEING MANY OF MY CUSTOMERS ALONG THE WAY. WILL SEE SOME MORE OF YOU NEXT WEEK.


3-30-16- GETTING READY FOR MORE DOOR TO DOOR. HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU ALONG THE WAY. THANKS FOR ALL THE TEAMS THAT ARE HELPING ME ALONG THE WAY. THIS IS JUST STARTING, BUT SO FAR HAS BEEN A GREAT RIDE.

MAY 5,6,7,8,9-2016- IT HAS BEEN A CRAZY FEW DAYS. WE ARE COLLECTING SUPPLIES, AND BUILDING THE TRAILER THAT WILL HOUSE MOST OF THE EVENTS FOR THE COOKOUT. IT IS EXCITING AS THE DAY APPROACHES. I AM THRILLED TO HAVE SOME HIGH PROFILE PEOPLE TO BE IN ATTENDANCE. PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU COME OUT TO GAISER PARK AND HAVE A CHEESBURGER. I WANT YOU TO SEE THAT I AM LIKE YOU, AND I CARE ABOUT THIS COUNTY AND IT'S RESIDENTS. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU.

3-25-16- I SPENT A LARGE PART OF THE DAY DRIVING AROUND AND EXAMINING ROAD CONDITIONS IN VERNON AND HAMILTON TOWNSHIPS. I BELIEVE THAT INSPECTING ROADS IS SOMETIMES MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN SIMPLY GOING DOOR TO DOOR ALL THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE THAE ROADS ARE FAULTY SO THAT I CAN HELP TO FIX THEM IMMEDIATELY IF I AM ELECTED. I NOTICED THAT SOME OF THE ROADS HAVE DETERIORATED INTO SUCH A STATE THAT THEY ARE UNSAFE, AND I SEE NO IMPROVEMENT FORTHCOMING.


3-22-16- WE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME PREPARING THE GRILLS FOR OUR BIG MEET AND GREET ON MAY 14, 2016 AT GAISER PARK. MANY INDIVIDUALS HAVE VOICED THEIR DESIRE TO ATTEND, AND I CANNOT WAIT. I AM INTERESTED IN SPARKING DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE OUR COUNTY. I WANT TO HELP IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE SO THAT OTHER COUNTIES CAN LOOK TO JACKSON COUNTY FOR LEADERSHIP. PLUS, I LOVE HAMBURGERS.

     THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FESTIVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. WE TALKED TO SO MANY PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR INDIVIDUAL CONCERNS. IT HAS TRULY BEEN A LEARNING EXPERIENCE. THE BEST PORK BURGERS IN THE STATE WAS ALSO A MAJOR PLUS.

     I PRIDE MYSELF ON THE RICH HERITAGE OF CROTHERSVILLE. I HAVE DEEP CONNECTIONS WITH THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND IT'S FINE RESIDENTS AND THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE THAT I WOULD RATHER OPERATE A BUSINESS.

    ON WEDNESDAY, WE SET UP ALONG MAIN STREET AND MET MANY RESIDENTS AS THEY WALKED INTO THE FOOD PARK. MOST I ALREADY KNEW, BUT THERE WERE A FEW THAT I GOT THE PRIVELAGE OF MEETING AND DISCUSSING HOW TO IMPROVE JACKSON COUNTY.

    THURSDAY FOOT TRAFFIC PICKED UP A LITTLE AND I WALKED BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN MY AREA ON MAIN STREET AND THE GRANDSTAND TALKING TO OLD AND NEW FRIENDS. I GOT TO LOOK AT THE MANY TRACTORS SET OUT FOR SHOW.

     FRIDAY NIGHT WAS ALSO GRADUALLY HEAVIER TRAFFIC. EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME, AND WE ARE PASSING OUT SKITTLES FOR THE KIDS. MANY ARE REGISTERING TO VOTE IN THE FALL AND I AM READY TO GO.

     SATURDAY WE BEGAN EARLY. IT REALLY DOESN'T GET A LOT OF TRAFFIC EARLY BECAUSE OF THE HEAT. ONCE THE PARADE TIME HITS, WE ARE READY TO GO. WHEN WE LINE UP FOR PARADE, WE MEET UP WITH SHELLI YODER (PICURED ABOVE). SHELLI IS RUNNING FOR U.S. CONGRESS IN THE 9TH DISTRICT, AND THERE IS NO BETTER CANDIDATE.

      MY 1967 GMC PICKUP IS #24 IN THE PARADE ORDER AND OFF WE GO.

      AFTER THE PARADE, I STAYED AT THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC BOOTH FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS. I FINALLY CAPPED OFF THE NIGHT WITH SUPERB FIREWORKS. ALL IN ALL, A SUPER GREAT FESTIVAL WITH AWESOME PEOPLE.

       WE WILL SEE YOU AT THE TRACTOR PULLS!


6-7-16- I ATTENDED THE COMMISSIONERS MEETING THIS EVENING IN THE ANNEX. A RANGE OF TOPICS WERE DISCUSSED INCLUDING RESIDENTIAL FLOODING NEAR THE NEW SOCCER FIELD, PROPERTY VIOLATIONS, FUTURE STATE PAVING ASSISTANCE, NEW STATE FRAUD GUIDELINES, AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES. I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE SHERRIFF AFTER THE MEETING ABOUT CONSTANT JAIL CROWDING CONCERNS.


MAY 15 THROUGH 28-16- THE CAMPAIGN HAS SPENT CONSIDERABLE TIME PREPARING FOR THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FESTIVAL. MR. SMITH HAS STRONG ROOTS IN THE CROTHERSVILLE AREA AND PLANS TO BE T THE FESTIVAL FOR EVERY MINUTE. WE WILL HAVE A BOOTH SET UP ON ONE CORNER AND WILL ASLO BE AT THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC BOOTH FROM TIME TO TIME.

    THE CROTHERSVILLE COMMUNITY IS A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE. I HAVE LIVED OUTSIDE OF CROTHERSVILLE FOR YEARS, AND WORKED AND OPERATED AT MY CROTHERSVILLE BUSINESS FOR 18 YEARS. I BELEIVE THAT VERNON TOWNSHIP DOES NOT RECEIVE A FAIR SHAKE WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS, AND I PLAN TO CHANGE THAT.

​     HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE FESTIVAL.

MAY 3-PRIMARY ELECTION

4-25-16- WE HAVE FINISHED OUR MOBILE CAMPAIGN CENTER. IT IS OUR GREATEST CAMPAIGN RESOURCE. WITH THIS, WE CAN HAVE EVENTS AT THE DROP OF A HAT. WE HAVE PLENTY OF CHAIRS INSIDE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. WHENEVER WE WANT TO HAVE A CHAT, WE JUST SET UP AND GO.

I AM THRILLED WITH ALL TH SUPPORT THAT WE HAVE BEEN SHOWN BY SO MANY PEOPLE. I AM HYPED AND READY FOR THE PRIMARY. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NO OPPONENT, I WILL STILL BE VISITING POLLING SITES ALL DAY.

COOK OUT!!!

3-14-16- WE HAVE PLACED MANY SIGNS SO FAR. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL THE CAMPAIGN IF YOU FEEL LIKE SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CAMPAIGN. WE WILL COME OUT AND PLACE THE SIGN AND EVEN PICK IT BACK UP AFTER THE ELECTION.


3-8-16- I ATTENDED THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING IN SEYMOUR TONIGHT. THE PARTY HAS MANY EVENTS PLANNED FOR THIS SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL. THEY ARE ALSO HELPING ME PLAN AND COORDINATE MY EVENTS. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE COMING CHALLENGE, NO MATTER WHO THE CANDIDATE IS THAT I AM TO FACE SO LONG AS I HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THIS GREAT GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS.


3-7-16- I CONTINUED THE DOOR TO DOOR CAMPAIGN TODAY. I AM THRILLED AT THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE TOLD ME THEY PLAN TO ATTEND OUR COOKOUT ON MAY 14TH. I AM HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT AND SPEAK WITH SOME OF THE CONSTITUENTS OF THIS GREAT COUNTY. MANY HAVE SPOKEN TO ME OF ISSUES AND CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE COUNTY. THIS IS TRULY A GREAT EXPERIENCE. ITS TOO BAD MY LEGS DON'T AGREE.


3-5-16- THE FIRST DAY OF DOOR TO DOOR WENT ABSOLUTELY GREAT. MY WIFE ASHLEY AND I VISITED NUMEROUS HOUSES ON THE NORTH END OF SEYMOUR. WE PASSED OUT INVITATIONS TO OUR FREE COOKOUT IN GAISER PARK ON MAY 14TH ALSO. WE WERE ACCEPTED WELL AT EVERY SINGLE HOME. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT TOOK THE TIME TO ANSWER THE DOOR AND CHAT WITH US TO SEE WHAT WE ARE ABOUT.

    AS WE GO DOOR TO DOOR, IF SOMEONE IS HOME, WE GIVE THEM THE INVITATION TO THE RIGHT AND IF THEY ARE NOT, WE GIVE THEM ONE OF THE DOOR HANGERS ON THE LEFT:


4-3-16- WE WENT AROUND TODAY FIXING SOME SIGNS THAT PEOPLE INFORMED US THAT THE WIND HAD DAMAGED. I KNEW IT WAS BAD WHEN WE WERE OUT AND ABOUT GOING DOOR TO DOOR. SOME OF OUR SIGNS DIDNT FARE SO WELL. IF YOU HAVE A DAMAGED SIGN, TEXT ME AT 812-569-1463 AND I WILL FIX IT FOR YOU. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL THE CAMPAIGN IN MANY SPOTS ON THE WEBPAGE. IF YOU HAVE A GOOD PLACE FOR A SIGN PLEASE LET US KNOW ALSO. THANKS!

4-29-16- HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE JACKSON COUNTY JJ DINNER. WE MET UP WITH MANY GREAT CANDIDATES INCLUDING SHELLI YODER, DOUG LEATHERBURY, MARTHA HENDERSON, AND JOHN GREGG. IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT AND AWESOME TO SEE EVERYONE.

ASHLEY AND I WERE THRILLED TO GET A PICTURE WITH OUR NEXT INDIANA GOVERNOR. I APPRECIATE HOW DOWN TO EARTH JOHN IS. WE HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION AND I AM CERTAIN HE WILL SUCCEED IN HIS GUBERNATORIAL BID.

3-19-16- A TREMENDOUS DAY FOR THE CAMPAIGN. MULTIPLE TEAMS KNOCKED ON DOORS ACROSS JACKSON TOWNSHIP. MANY MORE SIGNS WERE PLACED. I LOVE MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT MY PLANS ARE INSTEAD OF JUST ASKING FOR VOTES. THE BEST PART ABOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS IS WHEN THEY ASK ME, "WHY ARE YOU RUNNING?"


3-17-16- WE ARE GEARING UP AGAIN TO GO DOOR TO DOOR PASSING OUT INVITATIONS. ONCE AGAIN, YOU DON'T NEED AN INVITATION TO ATTEND ON MAY 14. JUST SHOW UP AND BRING EVERYONE YOU KNOW! WE WANT YOU THERE AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. IF WE ALL PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER, WE CAN FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO RUN THIS COUNTY. PLEASE HELP ME HELP YOU!

4-17-16- WE GOT TO MEET A STRONG CONTESTANT FOR CONGRESS TODAY IN SHELLI YODER. WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND SHELLI SPOKE OF MANY TOPICS THAT HOOSIERS FIND INTERESTING. WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY TOUCHED A LOT ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMLIES AND TRYING TO MAKE IT FROM PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK WHILE JUST HOPING THAT NO ONE GETS SICK. HER MESSAGE TIES NICELY INTO OUR OWN MESSAGE OF BLUE COLLAR, MIDDLE CLASS VALUES. I BELEIVE THAT SHE WILL BE OUR PARTY NOMINATION FOR THAT SPOT AND AM STRONGLY IN HER CORNER WHEN SHE GOES AGAINST TODD YONG FOR THIS OFFICE. WE NEED MORE DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE LIKE SHELLI FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF THOSE THAT CAN'T PURCHASE LOBBYISTS. GOOD LUCK SHELLI.

4-15-16- WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY. CODY AND MYSELF WERE EATING UP THE SUNSHINE AS WE WALKED DOOR TO DOOR AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN REALLY BLESSED TO MEET SO MANY NEW PEOPLE. I THOUGHT I KNEW ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE COUNTY THROUGH MY TIRE STORES. I WAS WRONG. EVERYONE IS SO HOSPITABLE. I WILL TRY MY HARDEST TO GET ELECTED, AND WILL SERVE THIS COUNTY WELL IF I DO, BUT JUST THE EXPERIENCE OF MEETING SO MANY IS SATISFYING. TODAY WE HIT IT HARD, BUT OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, WE HAVE VISITED OVER THREE HUNDRED MORE HOMES. WE ARE HEADING OUT TOMOROW WITH A NEW CREW.


4-10-16- GETTING READY TO RESUME DOOR TO DOOR TOMORROW. I LOVE INTERACTING WITH EVERYONE AND MEETING SO MANY NEW PEOPLE. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE POSITIVE RESPONCES THAT WE RECEIVE FROM ALL OF THE HOUSES. EVERYONE HAS BEEN SO WELCOMING. THIS TRULY IS A GREAT COUNTY. I HOPE THAT I AM GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.

FREETOWN JULY FESTIVAL


​7-8-16 AND 7-9-16- THE FREETOWN FESTIVAL WAS AWESOME. WILLMANS GARAGE LET US SET UP ACROSS FROM THE FIRE STATION AND WE GOT TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE. IT WAS A SUPER ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE AND WE ALL HAD A GOOD TIME. THE PARADE WENT WELL, AND HAD A LOT OF SPECTATORS.

EVEN THOUGH IT WAS HOT, WE TOUGHED IT OUT. THE KIDS HAD A TON OF FUN WITH THE BOUNCY HOUSE. SINGING AND MUSIC WAS EXCELLENT.

AS I TALK TO ALL OF THESE GREAT PEOPLE, I AM REMINDED HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO LIVE IN THIS GREAT NATION. ALTHOUGH WE MAY HAVE OUR DISAGREEMENTS, WE ALL MUST AGREE THAT THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE IN THE WORLD TO RAISE A FAMILY.

THE JULY FESTIVAL REMINDS US JUST HOW LUCKY WE TRULY ARE. I AM SO PROUD TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY OF JACKSON COUNTY AND HOPE THAT I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THESE GREAT PEOPLE.


6-22-16- THIS MORNING, I GOT TO TOUR OUR JACKSON COUNTY JAIL FOR THE FIRST TIME. JAIL COMMANDER CHARLIE MURPHY WALKED ME THROUGH THE BUILDING'S MANY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE WORKINGS OF OUR HOLDING FACILITIES DURING THE BRIEF TOUR.

​    AFTER THE TOUR, I WAS ABLE TO RIDE WITH A LONG-STANDING DEPUTY FOR THE SHERRIFF'S DEPARTMENT. I RODE ALONG UNTIL THE END OF THE DEPUTY'S SHIFT TO GET A FEEL FOR WHAT THESE OFFICERS DEAL WITH ON A NORMAL BASIS. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE FINE OFFICERS THAT ARE QUITE FREQUENTLY THE FACE OF THIS COUNTY.

​    THESE MEN PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERYDAY TO PROTECT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. IT SHOULD NEVER BE UNDERESTIMATED WHAT THEY UNDERTAKE AND ACCOMPLISH ON A DAILY BASIS. THANK YOU OFFICERS AND RESERVES.

4-30-16- WE HAVE RECEIVED WORD THAT SHELLI YODER WILL BE TENDING OUR COOKOUT BARRING ANY UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE HER AS WELL AS MARTHA HENDERSON AND HOPEFULLY DOUGLAS LEATHERBURY. WE HOPE TO HAVE A HUGE TURNOUT. PLEASE REMEMBER EVERYONE THAT THE COOKOUT IS MAY 14, 2016. FROM NOON TO 4 P.M. AT GAISER PARK IN SEYMOUR.

NO INVITATION NECESSARY.

50TH ANNUAL GRASSY FORK TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL

3-4-16- WE ARE KICKING OFF OUR DOOR TO DOOR CAMPAIGN TOMORROW. WE WILL BEGIN BY VISITING HOMES IN THE REDDING TOWNSHIP PART OF SEYMOUR. HOPE TO SEE SOME OF YOU AT HOME!


3-3-16- THE AWNING GUY NOTIFIES US THAT THEY HAVE COMPLETED OUR ORDER FOR YARD SIGNS. WE PLAN TO PICK THEM UP TOMORROW. IF YOU LIVE ON A BUSY STREET AND WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP US OUT BY PLACING A SIGN IN YOUR YARD, WE WOULD APPRECIATE THAT!


2-28-16- I HAVE HAD MANY INDIVIDUALS EMAIL ME AND ENLIGHTEN ME AS TO THEIR DISLIKE OF CERTAIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICIES SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. I WISH TO THANK THEM FOR SPEAKING UP AND ENCOURAGE ANYONE THAT WISHES TO ASK ME ANYTHING OR MEET WITH ME ABOUT ANYHING TO SIMPLY EMAIL ME FROM THE HOME SITE AND WE CAN TALK OR SET UP A MEETING. MANY HAVE ALREADY COME FORWARD, AND SO SHOULD YOU IF YOU NEED TO EXPRESS ANYTHING TO ME. I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO HELP.


2-24-16- I ATTENDED THE SEYMOUR CHAMBER DINNER LAST NIGHT. I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AND MET MANY NEW PEOPLE. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE AWARD RECIPIENTS. IT IS INDIVIDUALS SUCH AS THESE THAT MOVE OUR COMMUNITIES FORWARD. THEY PROMOTE SUCCESS AND EXHIBIT EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP. THIS IS A FINE COMMUNITY WITH GREAT CORPORATE AND SCHOLASTIC LEADERS. THANKS TO THE PINES FOR ABSOLUTELY GREAT CATERING.

3-16-16- WE ARE FINISHING UP OUR SMOKERS FOR THE UPCOMING COOK OUTS! GET READY FOR MAY 14, 2016! WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE CAN ATTEND. WE HAVE BIG PLANS AND HOPE TO BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN TO ALL OF YOU IN PERSON HOW WE EXPECT TO BETTER THE COUNTY AND MAKE JACKSON COUNTY BETTER.


3-15-16- I ATTENDED THE COMMISSIONERS MEETING THIS MORNING. THERE WAS NOT MUCH ON THE AGENDA. MINOR ISSUES WERE DISCUSSED ABOUT YOUTH SOCCER PARKING EXPANSION, A BROWNSTOWN BI-CENTENNIAL EVENT, AND A PROPOSED ARTS FEST ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN. THE MOST TIME WAS SPENT ON AN ONGOING DEBATE OVER AN EXTREMELY LOW TRAFFIC, NON-COUNTY ROAD THAT CURRENTLY IS NO LONGER CROSSABLE BESIDE CYPRESS LAKE. MOSTLY, THE DISCUSSION WAS OVER THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO TO AQUIRE SAID ROAD FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THEN REPAIR IT.

5-10-16- WHAT A BIRTHDAY TREAT! GOT TO SPEND MY DAY WITH JACKSON COUNTY E.M.S. AND MY FRIEND JOEY MURPHY. I GOT TO SEE FIRST HAND HOW FIRST RESPONDERS WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP US WELL. I EVEN GOT TO HELP UNWRAP AND ASSEMBLE THE OUTSIDE COMPONENTS OF A LIFEPACK. ALTHOUGH I WASN'T TOUGH ENOUGH TO STAY FOR A FULL 24 HOURS SHIFT, I DID LEARN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT ABOUT EMERGENCY SERVICES. THESE GUYS DO NOT GET ENOUGH CREDIT FOR WHAT THEY DO. I AM GLAD I MET EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM.

JUNE 8-11, 2016

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FESTIVAL

FREETOWN JULY FESTIVAL

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4-16-16- ANOTHER GREAT DAY GOING DOOR TO DOOR. MY MOM AND DAD HELPED OUT TODAY, AND IT WAS A GREAT DAY. ONE MAN EVEN KNEW MY GRANDPA VERY WELL AND USED TO PLAY CARDS WITH HIM QUITE A BIT. YOU KNOW, QUITE FRANKLY, I LOVE DOING THIS. I LOVE INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE. I BELEIVE THAT RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE HAS ENABLED ME TO FEED A PASSION OF MINE TO OPEN MY BOUNDARIES AND MEET EVEN MORE NEW PEOPLE AND TRY TO HELP THEM WHILE, AT THE SAME TIME, MAKING THIS COUNTY A BETTER PLACE FOR US ALL.

4-6-16- WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME SANDING THE SMOKERS AND GETTING THEM READY FOR THE COOKOUT ON MAY 14. EVERTHING IS COMING ALONG GREAT SO FAR. WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE CAN ATTEND. WE WOULD HATE TO HAVE WASTED CHEESEBURGERS.

5-14-16- WE HAD AN AWESOME TIME AT THE COOKOUT, AND SORRY TO TELL MC DONALDS, BUT WE PASSED OUT HUNDREDS OF HAMBURGERS. THE GRILLES WORKED TO PERFECTION AND THE HAMBURGERS WERE GREAT.

IT STARTED OUT A LITTLE ROUGH. BELEIVE IT OR NOT, FIRST THING THIS MORNING, ONE TRAILER HAD A FLAT TIRE!!! HAHA! FORTUNATELY, THE CREW AT SMITHS TIRE SALES SEYMOUR LOCATION WAS VERY KNOWLEDGABLE AND FRIENDLY. I WOULD RECOMMEND THOSE GUYS TO ANYONE. THEY HAD US UP AND GOING IN NO TIME.

AFTER POWERING THROUGH THE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY, EVERYONE HAD A GREAT TIME AND WE HAD MANY VOLUNTEERS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS. WE EVEN HAD SOME VOLUNTEER TO BECOME MEMBERS OF OUR UPCOMING YOUNG DEMOCRAT COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HELPED AND MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT BRAVED THE EXTREMELY COLD MAY WEATHER.

I HEARD FROM MANY CONSTITUENTS ON A RANGE OF ISSUES RANGING FROM THE NEW ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY TO PROBLEMS SURROUNDING THE "TWO MILE FRINGE" IMPOSED AROUND SEYMOUR.

I WILL POST MORE PICTURES LATER. I COULD ONLY TAKE PICTURES DURING SET UP, BECAUSE I WAS SO BUSY TALKING WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS AFTER THAT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK KATHY SHAFSTALL, SHELLI YODER, AND LINDA HENDERSON FOR MAKING GUEST APPEARANCES AT THE COOK OUT.

THANKS TO MY FAILY FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT. SPECIAL THANKS TO RONNIE ROBERTS SR. FOR SPENDING THE MOST OF TWO WEEKS PREPARING THE TRAILERS, GRILLES, AND STAGE FOR THIS GATHERING.

WE NOW SET OUR SIGHTS ON THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FESTIVAL. I AM ONLY TOO HAPPY TO BE HEADING TO CROTHERSVILLE FOR THE NEXT EVENT.


5-11-16- PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON EVERTHING FOR COOK OUT AND TRYING TO GET SOME LAST SECOND INVITES OUT BEFORE THE DEADLINE. PLEASE, INVITE ANYONE YOU LIKE. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO EVERYONE ABOUT HOW WE CAN BEST IMPROVE OUR COUNTY. I AM EXCITED THAT THE DAY IS ALMOST HERE. SEE YOU THERE.