Republicans Hold State Convention In Evansville

Jun 10, 2018

Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun addresses the crowd gathered for the Indiana Republican Convention at the Ford Center in Evansville.
Credit Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

The Indiana Republican Party has a new platform and three nominees for statewide offices. Republicans from around the state were in Evansville for the Indiana Republican Convention, the first time the city hosted the convention.

Delegates rallied behind Senate candidate Mike Braun, who will face Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in November. The crowd periodically chanted “Send Joe home!” and Braun himself even joined in.

Republicans also officially nominated their candidates for statewide office - all incumbents. They include Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor Tera Klutz, and Treasurer Kelly Mitchell.  National Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she was glad to see the party nominate women.

“We know we’re the party that elects the best candidate," she said, "but I love it when that best candidate happens to be a woman.”

Debates over the party’s platform loomed over the convention, but the delegates voted overwhelmingly for language which called marriage between a man and a woman “the foundation of society.”