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GOP caucus vote Miller to succeed Lawson in District 24 State Senate seat

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pete Miller
DANVILLE -- Outlasting nine opponents and seven rounds of Republican caucus voting on Saturday, Pete Miller has been selected to succeed Connie Lawson as District 24 state senator.

In a vote of 92 district GOP precinct committeemen from Hendricks and Putnam counties, Miller defeated Kelli Waggoner, president of the Indianapolis firm KWK Management Group, by a 51-41 vote on the seventh and final ballot.

Miller, the 4th congressional district Republican chairman and former Hendricks County GOP chairman, is currently employed by the Indiana Office of Management and Budget.

Originally 10 candidates sought to succeed Lawson, whose term will be up at the end of 2012. She vacated the seat after being named Indiana secretary of state by Gov. Mitch Daniels when Charlie White was forced out of office after being convicted of voter fraud.

Lawson had held the District 24 State Senate position for 16 years.

In the spirited contest to succeed her, Hendricks Regional Health CEO Dennis Dawes led the voting from the second through sixth rounds on Saturday with 20 votes. Dawes then decided to drop out to help break the stalemate and force a resolution to the voting process.

Others competing for the Senate seat were Dave Fuhrman, Putnam County councilman; Jeff Baldwin, Danville attorney; Nancy Marsh, Hendricks County treasurer; Brent Pittman of Brownsburg; P.J. Steffen, Rolls-Royce chief project engineer and former 4th congressional district candidate; Eric Wathen, Hendricks County commissioner; and Kim Woodward, Avon School Board president.

Because the deadline to withdraw Lawson's name from the ballot had passed, a second caucus will be conducted later this summer to replace her with another candidate on the ballot for the November election. The district configuration will also change at that point with fewer Putnam County precincts being part of District 24 and moving to District 37.

Despite Saturday's election, Miller also must run in that second caucus if he wants to retain the seat after Dec. 31.

"We congratulate Pete Miller on becoming Indiana's newest state senator," Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb said in a statement. "As an active member of our party and in his community, Pete will be a great representative for District 24."

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A close friend asked Miller about "Economic Sustainability" (UN Agenda 21). Was told Miller attempted to deflect the question and moved on. Miller also, I'm told, advocated that "the Constitution is outdated....said that a 19th Century Constitution needs to be updated for the 21st century".

FYI, Mr Miller, if you did say that: the Constitution is an 18TH CENTURY constitution and provides within itself how it should be amended if the proper numbers of elected officials and the people of the several states feel it necessary. I doubt they would so find. It just needs to be followed as it is written. Please refer to Article 1, Section 8 to see which powers are reserved to the federal government, then figure out for yourself how this great law of the land is being abused, ignored and derided. How your liberty is being reined in and how your tax dollars are being misspent.....by BOTH parties who have been in power.

If all I'm told he said is true, we need to keep revisionists such as this out of the government.

-- Posted by gadsden on Mon, Apr 9, 2012, at 6:37 PM

Miller was speaking about the Indiana Constitution (1816), not the U.S. Constitution (1787). He is not a revisionist who believes that the U.S. Constitution is a "living, breathing document," but rejects that as inappropriate legislation from the judicial branch of government.

He does believe, however, that the form of government mandated by the Indiana Constitution is outdated. For example, it may not be necessary for the residents of Center Township in Marion County to spend tax dollars to pay township trustees, as the City of Indianapolis probably has those responsibilities covered. On the other hand, trustees may very well be a good use of tax dollars in more rural areas. He would leave it up to the residents of each township to decide.

The statement was made at a candidates' night the week before the caucus. Miller was responding to a question about Indiana township government.

-- Posted by TJBird on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 12:18 AM

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