Local Democrats Fired Up, Despite Republicans In Control

By Stephanie Parkinson

January 12, 2013 Updated Jan 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, In. (www.incnow.tv) --- Despite the Republicans holding a supermajority in the Indiana legislature, Allen County Democrats were fired up Saturday morning for their annual state of the party address.

It wasn't all good news but the local group says what keeps them going is optimism.

Indiana is looking at a Republican controlled State House, State Senate and locally, a Republican dominated City Council, County Council and Board of Commissioners. But despite it all, Allen County Democrats are optimistic.

"As you can see by the attendance that there is a lot of enthusiasm here,” said Richard Merren, supporter, Allen County Democrats.

"Whether it's an argument in the house or an argument here in Allen County we're going to make sure the democratic voice is heard,” said John Court, Chair, Allen County Democrats.

"We're being very optimistic about our future,” said Sherri Emerson, supporter, Allen County Democrats.

Even though their party didn't land all the victories they were hoping for in November, at the state of the party address for the Allen County Democrats Saturday their chair said the plan now is to just focus on the road ahead.

"You paint a picture; we've got a road map of where we're going. We're going in the right direction, now it's just a matter of delivering on that game plan,” said Court. "You fight, every day you get up and you fight and you go out and you communicate and educate the electorate."

Although they didn't win the Governorship or gain much traction in the State Legislature, one milestone in the 2012 election year was Joe Donnelly beating Richard Mourdock, taking a seat in the U.S. Senate that had been Republican for decades.

"Awesome, absolutely awesome, Joe has been a great friend for close to a decade now, so to see him actually win the Senate race, was a big win for us here in Allen County,” said Court.

There may be more work to be done but Court believes Indiana will turn blue again, or become a swing state.

"The efforts that the President has put in, the efforts that Joe Donnelly was able to deliver in Indiana is definitely showing that Indiana is win-able for Democrats. With a little effort, a little more organization we're going to go a long way in turning Indiana into, at least a swing state if not a blue state on a consistent basis,” said Court.

Although it may not be transitioning into wins for their candidates support for Democrats in Allen County has grown. Court says their precinct grew by 20 percent this past election year.




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