County GOP leader Shine seeks another term Denocrat chair Jack Morris is not seeking reelection.
After 24 years on the job, Steve Shine wants another four-year term as leader of Allen County’s Republican Party.
His Democrat counterpart, meanwhile, is not seeking re-election after little more than one year on the job.
“I like to get people involved, but I’m not an administrator,” said attorney Jack Morris, who was elected to fill the last year of former Democratic Chairman John Court’s term in December 2015. “I never aspired to the position, but someone had to do it. But (the job) doesn’t fit with my makeup of what I’m good at. It’s stressing, and drains me.”
Morris said the results of last November’s elections, which he said at the time “surprised and depressed” him by producing nearly a Republican sweep in Allen County, did not influence his decision.
Shine, meanwhile, cited those results as one reason he should be re-elected.
“I hope you are as proud of our organization as I am . . . (and) request your support in my desire to serve another term,” he stated in a letter to officials who will select the party’s chair in a March 4 caucus. “Looking at the past four years alone, we have enjoyed tremendous successes in fundraising and elections . . . (and) 2016 was one of the most remarkable political outcomes I have ever witnessed. But for one exception, if you were a Republican on the ballot in Allen County, you won your race.
“I bring the same passion and commitment today that I brought when I was first elected by precinct officials in 1993 . . . I look forward to working with you to keep Allen County ‘red!’ ” Shine, an attorney, succeeded the late Orvas Beers, who served as GOP chair for 32 years before retiring.
Democrats will also caucus March 4 to elect a new leader, and Morris said two potential candidates have emerged to date: precinct committee official Mindy Rogers and Morrison Agen, who unsuccessfully ran for Allen County Council last year. Shine said he is unaware of anyone of might challenge his re-election. “The party has a lot of energy and is in solid shape financially,” he said.
Republicans will also caucus Wednesday to fill the unexpired term of former Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz, who was appointed state auditor by Gov. Eric Holcomb. The county’s chief deputy auditor, Nick Jordan, is the only candidate on Wednesday’s ballot, Shine said.