The Journal Gazette
Sunday, December 29, 2019 1:00 am

Caucus set to elect new Wayne trustee

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

The Allen County Democratic Party will have a caucus Jan. 10 to fill the unexpired term of Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson, who is retiring.

The person elected by the township's precinct officials will complete the remaining three years of the four-year term Stevenson began this year. Stevenson has been trustee since 2007.

The caucus will be 6 p.m. at the party's headquarters at 7301 Decatur Road, Fort Wayne.

Candidates must file a state CEB-5 statement of candidacy with the county chair at least 72 hours before the caucus by email at or by mail at P.O. Box 11544, Fort Wayne, IN 46859.

Ranking the issues

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, has repeatedly criticized House Democrats for their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, and Banks voted against both articles of impeachment on Dec. 18. But Banks still wants to know what constituents think about Trump's impeachment. It is among issues he included in a survey mailed recently to northeast Indiana residents.

Banks asked people to rank, in order of importance, these topics: “passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” “facing the threat China poses,” “boosting our strong economy,” “stopping illegal immigration,” “lowering healthcare costs,” “impeachment” and “other.” Constituents wishing to respond must pay for postage.

Banks' mailing also touts some of his work in Congress, including leading a House task force on addressing threats posed by Russia and China and helping write a Republican federal budget proposal and having a role in shaping the defense budget. It also notes him introducing legislation approved by the House that would encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to use, when appropriate, design-build construction, which integrates architectural, engineering and construction activities into a single contact. 

Social media activity

Federal lawmakers from Indiana were largely absent among social media leaders in Congress during 2019, according to data analyzed by software technology company Quorum.

Nobody from the Hoosier state made top-10 lists for volume of activity on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

But among only freshmen lawmakers, Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., was the third most-active senator on YouTube with 118 posts, and Rep. Greg Pence, R-6th, was the third most-active representative on Instagram with 271 posts.

The Washington-based Quorum reported that the most popular hashtags for Democrats were #forthepeople, #trumpshutdown, #protectourcare and #endgunviolence. It said the top hashtags for Republicans were #usmca, #sotu, #venezuela and #usmcanow. USMCA is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on free trade, and sotu stands for the State of the Union address given yearly by the president.

Libertarian convention

The Libertarian Party of Allen County will hold its 2020 convention for nominating local candidates, electing state delegates and updating bylaws from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road. 

The party expects at least two potential candidates to run for office. A discussion, titled “Solutions – What Libertarians Do Best” and a game of “Ask Aunt Libby” will be the dinner entertainment.

Details are available at or by calling 260-750-9013. 

To reach Political Notebook, email Brian Francisco at or Niki Kelly at An expanded Political Notebook can be found as a daily blog at

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