KPC NEWS SERVICE
ALBION — The chairwoman of the 3rd District Democratic Party has resigned, and a Churubusco woman wants the position.
Carmen Darland of Albion announced her resignation Friday morning on Facebook.
“Since the caucus notices were sent, I wanted to share with you that I am now the former Third District Chair. Thanks to all of the volunteers and donors that helped me in the position for the past 8 years,” Darland said in an early Friday post.
Shortly after the announcement, Churubusco Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl sent a letter to the district, indicating her interest in the spot. Sade-Bartl resigned from her position as treasurer to run for the spot.
Darland remains co-chair of the Indiana Democratic Party Emerging Leaders Project and vice chair of the Noble County Democrats through March 2017. She plans on running again for the county post. She is also a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum as well as being a member of the United State of Women White House program.
The caucus notice sent to county officials Thursday by Vice Chairman Charlie Odier, of DeKalb County, says the vacancy occurred last Wednesday. The district chair’s term ends in March, meaning whoever is selected will have to stand for re-election or be replaced in a March 11 reorganization meeting. County party organizations reorganize March 4.
A caucus has been called for Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Wells County Democratic Party Headquarters, 119 S. Jefferson St., Bluffton. In the caucus, each county will be allowed two votes from its officers.
Candidates who want to run for the post have to file with either Odier or party Treasurer Roxanna Lucas Murray by 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.
The rules are the same for the caucus filling the treasurer vacancy left by Sade-Bartl, which will follow the election for chair.
Steuben County Democratic Chair Judy Rowe said she has filed paperwork to run for district chair. Earlier this year, Rowe said she would not seek a third term as Steuben County chair, but would remain active in party politics.
Below is the letter Sade-Bartl submitted, announcing she wanted the position:
“Around the country, Democrats are reeling in the aftermath of the 2016 election, and Indiana is no exception. Like all of you, I spent numerous hours phone banking, canvassing, walking in parades and stuffing envelopes for various campaigns and was heartbroken on election night. Volunteers and county parties worked hard to get people to the polls, but unfortunately, our party had a disconnect with voters, causing many who identified as Democrats to switch parties or just stay at home. As we witnessed, this affected many down ticket races we could have, and should have, won. We need to make our voices heard, and we need to ensure the candidates we work so hard to elect are talking to the people of the Third District and communicating the issues and ideals that are important to us, and other working class rural communities.
Let’s face it, the Third District is not Indiana’s First (Lake County) or Indiana’s Seventh (southern Marion County). We all know that we continue to face an uphill climb to win a congressional seat. And even though we are not a heavily blue district, we have the same number of votes on the State Central Committee as they do. We need to modify the message being communicated and shift our focus to engaging rural Hoosiers. We need a chair who will continue to fight for much needed changes to be made at the state and national levels. We need a chair who is not be afraid to speak on behalf of the Third District and its constituents to influence the State Central Committee and it’s messaging. We need a chair who will focus on recognizing our tireless volunteers who help win campaigns. We need a chair who can fundraise within our own district so we can assist our local candidates and help them win. My name is Madalyn Sade-Bartl, and I am the candidate who can, and will, do those things for Indiana’s Third District as its new chair.
As you know, I was elected District Treasurer in July 2016 and I assisted in resolving reporting issues left by the old treasurer. Those issues have since been corrected and I have filed termination paperwork to dissolve the Third District Breakfast Club committee and have paid the remainder of the bank account balance to the FEC. We are now current with all state and federal reporting requirements, too. I was also a graduate of the 2014-15 Emerging Leaders program and now serve on the Board for that program.
In my daily life, I am a two-term elected Clerk-Treasurer for Churubusco who is not only known within my hometown for my leadership abilities, as I currently serve as vice-president of the Churubusco Chamber and Churubusco Youth Foundation, but am also known throughout the state. I have been elected to several statewide boards and committees including Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) and the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (ILMCT). I have also been recognized as Churubusco’s Citizen of the Year (2014), Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s 20 Millennials Making a Difference (2015), and as an Indiana Bicentennial Torchbearer (2016). Through my involvement with numerous non-profits, I have become an experienced fundraiser having planned and organized dozens of events benefitting organizations such as the Churubusco Chamber, Churubusco Rotary, and Churubusco Community Park. I was also one of the organizers of the very successful John Gregg fundraiser, “PBR and a Cheap Cigar,” held this summer that raised approximately $20,000 for the John Gregg campaign and am currently assisting in organizing the 31st Annual Third District Dinner.
The DNC platform states: “Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own—that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.” The Third District has been successful in governing by that philosophy and has a history of electing individuals based upon their potential rather than who is next in line. I urge you to continue that trend and serve as an example to other districts by selecting the candidate who would work hardest for the best interests of the District and the Party. I ask again that you please consider my candidacy for District Chair. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions. Thank you again for your consideration and I look forward with working with you in the future.”