Dems Name Bonitati New Chairman

From left are Kosciusko County Democrat party committee members including newly elected chairman, John Bonitati; secretary Jeanne Scott; vice chair Lee Ann Brown; and Eric Smith, newly elected treasurer. In back is Art Brown, media and communications director.

From left are Kosciusko County Democrat party committee members including newly elected chairman, John Bonitati; secretary Jeanne Scott; vice chair Lee Ann Brown; and Eric Smith, newly elected treasurer. In back is Art Brown, media and communications director.

Kosciusko County Democrats this morning gathered to name a new party chairman in the wake of last month’s sudden resignation of Terry Bartley.

Having received no letters of intent from potential candidates, a motion was made from the floor by media and communications director Art Brown to nominate John Bonitati. Bonitati has served as the party’s treasurer for about the last four years.

After a second on the motion, former party chair Steve Haines asked to close nominations and a vote was taken. In accepting the role, Bonitati said, “There’s a lot to do as we go forward.” He also praised Bartley for his four years as chairman of the party and said he knew Bartley would stay active and involved. Bartley resigned last month citing personal time constraints.

Further, Bonitati told the audience of about 20 people that, “It’s important for the Democratic party to know we do have opportunities. Government works best with two parties … we need to get young people involved so they feel less disenfranchised.”

In naming Bonitati chairman of the Kosciusko County Democratic Party, his position as treasurer was left vacant. A nomination to appoint Brian Smith to the role was quickly seconded and voted on. Smith, who has only been active in the party in the last 6 months to a year, holds a degree in economics from Valparaiso University and said he’s looking forward to “building the financial framework” of the party.

In a final order of business, it was noted that two Democrats have filed for the position of Leesburg clerk. Jan Carter resigned the position due to health reasons. Michael Searfoss and Heidi Nulf will take part in the May 26 caucus.

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