A Day for Remembrance

With the excitement of the three-day weekend, all the cookouts and pool parties; and where we forget the cold harsh winter and look forward to bright sunshine and blooming flowers, it may be hard to remember the seriousness of the day.

Memorial Day is about remembrance. Remembering those who as President Lincoln said, “Gave their last full measure of devotion”. Lincoln said that after the deadliest battle the country has ever seen.

Fittingly, just years after the civil war Memorial Day events starting popping up all over the county.

Over 250 Union soldiers died in prison in Charleston during the Civil War and were buried in unmarked graves, and the town’s black residents organized a May Day ceremony in which they landscaped a burial ground to properly honor the soldiers; now this tradition has been adapted all across the country.

In 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed. This gave us a three-day weekend and the status of unofficial beginning of summer, mixing serious reflection with more lighthearted fun. On this Memorial Day, while you’re enjoying the it with family, friends and loved ones take a moment or two, and remember those who gave their lives– so that we can enjoy this beautiful day.


by Nolan Born, Executive Director

I hope you are as excited as I am about 2015! I’ve only been in town a week, but already I have seen enough to be blown away with what Mayor Goodnight and our Common Council has been able to achieve in a relatively short period of time. While most surrounding counties are shrinking in size, we are growing. There is no doubt this is a direct result of our elected leaders. And with our returning candidates and a few talented new ones, I can only imagine the possibilities for Kokomo and Howard County moving forward.

We have some very exciting plans for 2015. This website is just the first of many new things to come. For the first time ever the Party has hired a full time Executive Director. (That’s me!) This will allow us to make more contacts, register more voters, and elect even more Democrats in Howard County. The plan is ambitious but I know with your help, we will succeed in surpassing all our goals. I’m excited to be part of this wonderful community and I get wait to get going! 

The nasty, negative campaign begins early.

by David Tharp, Chairman

The field is set for the fall election here in Kokomo, and there are stark differences between the candidates for Mayor.

Martha Lake won the Republican nomination, and though I congratulate her, voters should be under no illusion that she waged anything but a negative campaign. She has consistently run down our city and attacked Kokomo’s good name. A mid-size city like ours must attract outside investment and new residents. How can Lake rationally expect to do this if she continues to be so adamantly negative about Kokomo?  I am proud to live in Kokomo, why isn’t she?

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Mayor Greg Goodnight receives major labor endorsement.

Howard-Tipton Central Labor Council Endorses Mayor Greg Goodnight

The Howard-Tipton Central Labor Council has officially endorsed Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight's reelection bid. The CLC cited Goodnight's track record of improving the lives of local working families and prudent fiscal stewardship during their announcement.

"Mayor Goodnight always puts working families first," said Howard-Tipton CLC Vice President Don Frederickson. "Goodnight has shown tremendous leadership in building a better Kokomo, protecting local taxpayers, and making our community a great place to live. He has transformed Kokomo, and we are proud to support him."

"I am very grateful to the CLC and their membership for their support," said Mayor Greg Goodnight. "Kokomo is moving in the right direction. With nearly $2.5 billion in private investment since 2009, a growing population, and vibrant, safe neighborhoods, Kokomo is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. With the support of organizations like the CLC, we will continue our city's progress."

The Howard-Tipton CLC represents over 1000 workers and 10 local unions. It serves as the local affiliated chapter of the national AFL-CIO.



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