2020 elections

Notre Dame To Host 2020 Presidential Debate

Oct 11, 2019

The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate for the 2020 election. 

Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, made the announcement this morning after being elected to his fourth 5-year term by the school’s board of trustees.

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The week leading up to our monthly conversation with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has been one of political comings and goings.

Gary State Senator Eddie Melton made his run for governor official, as did Lafayette resident Joe Mackey, who’ll seek to represent Indiana's 4th Congressional District in Congress.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we find out what Mayor Roswarski would like to see his party’s nominees run on next year, such that Lafayette would benefit.

Also this week, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis announced he’s dropping out of his only scheduled debate in this year’s election – less than two weeks before it was to happen. We’ll ask Mayor Roswarski, a longtime friend and former Lafayette Police Department colleague of Mayor Dennis, what he thinks of that move.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) officially kicked off his run for governor Tuesday after months of exploring a bid.

US Sen. Braun's Brother Suspends 5th District Campaign

Oct 8, 2019

The brother of Indiana US Senator Mike Braun is suspending his campaign for the 5th District Congressional seat because of an unnamed health issue.

In a written statement today, Steve Braun says he is “both frustrated and disappointed” to suspend his campaign.  The Republican filed his paperwork to run in 2020 in August.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D-South Bend) presidential campaign took him to Indianapolis Friday, to speak to the local chapter of the NAACP.

Joe Mackey For Congress Facebook page

The first Democrat to announce a challenge to Rep. Jim Baird (R-4th) kicks off his campaign in earnest Friday.

Joe Mackey lives in Lafayette, where he worked in manufacturing for many years. He lost a Democratic primary in 2018 to eventual nominee Tobi Beck.

He says his campaign will talk a lot about education, as well as an issue that helped Democrats pick up many House seats in 2018: health care.

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When she leaves office at the end of next year, Indiana education superintendent Jennifer McCormick will become the last person to be elected Indiana’s top educator. The position will be appointed by the governor starting in 2021 – a choice no longer afforded to the voters.

McCormick visited West Lafayette recently and WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with her to talk about choices – including how parents choose schools and how she crafts the next step in her career.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson wants to reassure Hoosiers that their votes will be secure when they go to the polls.

Indiana’s first openly gay major party candidate for governor announced his bid Monday.

Indianapolis tech entrepreneur Josh Owens will seek the Democratic nomination.

Gov. Eric Holcomb could get a primary challenge next year.

Brian Roth, a Republican from Carmel, filed paperwork this week to run.

Roth runs a leadership consulting firm in the affluent Indianapolis suburb. He filed paperwork for a gubernatorial run with the Indiana Election Division, though he’s not commenting on his potential bid.

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