Heather Maddox

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A year after securing additional power in the state legislature, Tippecanoe County Democrats held their seats on the Lafayette City Council and made significant gains in West Lafayette in Tuesday’s elections.

Big Advantages On Both Councils

Starting in January, both councils will have eight Democrats and just one Republican on them. County Democratic Party Chair Heather Maddox attributes the success to what she calls “old-fashioned” methods.

courtesy Purdue University

The Tippecanoe County Election Board and Clerk Julie Roush have met stiff opposition upon beginning a conversation about whether Purdue University ID cards will continue to be considered valid voter IDs in future elections.

At an election board meeting Friday, the chair of the county Democratic Party, an official from the League of Women Voters, the Democratic co-chair of the county’s Election Division and a Purdue official all questioned why Roush was thinking about making a change.

Courtesy Indiana Senate Republicans

A polarizing figure in the Indiana Senate will step down after the new year.

Republican Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) will resign just before the legislative session gets underway, to follow his wife to Washington, D.C., where both are taking new jobs.

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Tippecanoe County Democrats have slated six candidates for the November General Election.

At their caucus June 28th, Democrats slated Judge Tom Busch for Circuit Court Judge, Eric Grossman for county assessor, Ashley Smith for Fairfield Township Board, Larry Funk for Lauramie Township Board, Michael Childress for Wea Township Board, and Michael Oxenrider for Wabash Township Board.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with party chair Heather Maddox about how the candidates were chosen…and why the party historically has had difficulty filling all the spots on the ballot.

Hanna Community Center's Ebony and Ivory Ball

Jan 22, 2013

The annual Ebony and Ivory Ball has helped fund a Lafayette organization for three decades. The 30th annual event benefiting the Hanna Community Center is this Saturday, January 26.

Executive Director Heather Maddox says they don’t give out any awards and there’s no keynote speaker, but the event does raise money to keep their services going.

“It’s just a fun night – dinner, dancing, a silent auction,” she says. “We give a little bit about what we do, but otherwise, it’s a night for everyone to get together, socialize and have a good time.”