By Scott Tibbs, January 20, 2016
No, I am not running for office this year. I will, however, be on the ballot in the May 3 Republican primary election.
I filed my papers last week to run for state convention delegate. The state convention delegates will vote on the state party's platform and we will also choose the Republican nominees for attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and lieutenant governor. So while Republican primary voters do not get to choose the candidates for those offices directly, the voters to get to choose indirectly by choosing state convention delegates.
A little about myself. I have been a Republican activist for twenty years, starting with the IU College Republicans in 1995 and multiple election cycles since then. I am the incumbent Republican precinct committeeman in Perry 5, having won elections in 2008 and a close three-way contest in 2012. I ran for Bloomington Township Board in 2006 and I ran for an at-large seat on the Bloomington City Council last year. I have been an active writer, promoting conservative values in the public square for two decades.
It is important that we elect conservative delegates to the state convention because of current pressures on the party to compromise conservative values. It is especially disappointing to see this with Republican supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature. Because delegates vote on the party platform, Republican primary voters can have a voice on that process by electing conservative state convention delegates.
If you live in Perry Township, I will be on your ballot in the May 3 primary election. I humbly ask for your vote.