Senate hopefuls Stutzman, Young and Holcomb speak in Rochester

(A Presidential Debate schedule and transcripts are here. – Admin.) GOP’s hopefuls converge here         RochSent.com By Wesley Dehne, Staff Writer 10/16/15 It was a banner year for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, as larger than normal numbers of local, state and federal Republican party politicians and officials gathered at the Fulton County Museum on Wednesday. Keynote speakers included Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, R-2nd Dist., Congressman Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd Dist., Congressman Todd Young, R-9th Dist. and former Indiana State Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb. Also, other state-level officeholders or their representatives … Continue reading

Ritz, Buttigieg speak at Democratic dinner

Gubernatorial candidate: Education should be top priority The Rochester Sentinel By Wesley Dehne, Staff Writer 7/27/15 Glenda Ritz, superintendent of public instruction and 2016 gubernatorial candidate, called for greater emphasis on education and job creation while terming the Religious Freedom Restoration Act a “disaster” at the annual Jefferson Jackson Democratic Dinner at the Fulton County Museum Saturday. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg also spoke at the event, emphasizing the accomplishments of the largely Democratic city government. Approximately 80 people attended the dinner, sponsored by the Fulton County Democrat Women. To … Continue reading

WHAT SAY YOU, MR. CANDIDATE FOR ROCHESTER MAYOR?

(Ted Denton (R) and Dick Roe (D) are vying to be the next mayor of Rochester. Denton was one of three in the GOP primary last May and responded to questions by the Sentinel at that time. That Q and A will be found here. Roe was unopposed in the primary, thus, the Sentinel did not have him participate in the Q and A at that time. – Admin.) WHAT SAY YOU, MR. CANDIDATE? The Rochester Sentinel 7/17/15 Rochester mayoral hopefuls respond to Sentinel questions This is The Sentinel’s first group … Continue reading

(Rochester Mayoral) GOP Primary Debate

The Rochester Sentinel 4/29/15 DEBATE CREW Questioners and candidates pose for a photo Tuesday after the Sentinel Mayoral Debate at Rochester High School. From left, front – timekeeper Jodie Jones, Vonda Mullet, Noah Roberts, Zac DuBois; back: timekeeper Jessica Baldwin, candidates Dave Fincher and Mark Smiley, Sentinel managing editor W.S. Wilson, moderator Tony Stesiak, candidate Ted Denton. The Sentinel photo/Mike Kenny Mayoral Hopefuls: I’m the right guy By Wesley Dehne, Staff Writer Ted Denton and Dave Fincher not only want two-term incumbent Mark Smiley’s job, but believe he hasn’t led … Continue reading

Republican mayoral hopefuls for Rochester, Indiana do Round 5 Q & A: Vision and Goals

The Rochester Sentinel 4/25/15 Round 1 topic: Management. Round 2 topic: Law and Order. Round 3 topic: Downtown. Round 4 topics: Annexation, Anti-discrimination, Repurposing city property What You Say Mr. Mayor? Sentinel Campaign Q&A Round 5 The final question in The Sentinels Republican mayoral primary series was submitted by local pharmacist Harry Webb, owner and operator of Webbs Family Pharmacy on Main Street. He poses the following question to incumbent Mayor Mark Smiley and challengers Dave Fincher and Ted Denton: What is your vision for the City of Rochester? What … Continue reading

Republican mayoral hopefuls for Rochester, Indiana do Round 4 Q & A including “discrimination against homosexuals”

The Rochester Sentinel 4/18/15 WHAT SAY YOU, MR. MAYOR? (Round 4) Incumbent Mark Smiley faces challenges from former Rochester City Council member Ted Denton and former Board of Public Works and Safety member Dave Fincher. The primary vote is May 5. The winner will run against Democrat Dick Roe, a former Rochester Police Chief, in the Nov. 3 election. Roe is unopposed in the primary. Round 1 topic: Management. Round 2 topic: Law and Order. Round 3 topic: Downtown. Round 4 questions: 1 – Should the Fortna Addition area, generally … Continue reading

Republican mayoral hopefuls for Rochester, Indiana do Q & A about Downtown

The Rochester Sentinel 4/11/15 WHAT SAY YOU, MR. MAYOR? (Round 3) Sentinel Q&A: Downtown Rochester GOP mayoral primary candidates: Two-term incumbent Mark Smiley; challengers Ted Denton, Dave Fincher. Primary date: May 5. Winner to face unopposed Democrat Dick Roe on Nov. 3. Round 1 topic: Management. Round 2 topic: Law and Order. Round 3 topic: Downtown. Round 3 questions:  1 – Were you pleased when it was decided to do away with the Round Barn Festival? Should Rochester have a Round Barn Festival and an annual parade? 2 – How … Continue reading

Republican mayoral hopefuls for Rochester, Indiana do Law and Order Q & A

The Rochester Sentinel 4/3/15 WHAT SAY YOU, MR. MAYOR? (Round 2) (Round 1 focused on management and is here.) Sentinel questions and answers: Law and order edition Rochester Mayor Mark Smiley, a two-term incumbent, faces Republican primary challenges from Dave Fincher and Ted Denton. The vote will take place on May 5. The candidates responded to the following Sentinel questions. The GOP winner will face unopposed Democrat Dick Roe Nov. 3. (Roe lost to Smiley by 27 votes in 2011.) QUESTION 1: What is your sense of how the Rochester Police … Continue reading

Republican mayoral hopefuls for Rochester, Indiana do Q & A

The Rochester Sentinel 3/26/15 WHAT SAY YOU, MR. MAYOR? Ted Denton and Dave Fincher want Mark Smiley’s job. They are challenging Smiley, a two-term incumbent, in the May 5 Republican mayoral primary. Denton is a former member of the Rochester City Council; Fincher is a former member of the Board of Public Works and Safety. To help voters decide how to cast their ballots, The Sentinel will ask periodic questions of each candidate in this space between now and election day. Each response will be published as presented. We’ll begin … Continue reading

3 Republicans contend in Rochester mayoral race

3 Republicans contend in mayoral race

The Rochester Sentinel
The Sentinel report

3/23/15

Beginning April 20, absentee voters in Rochester will have choices to make among candidates running for local elected offices in the May 5 primary election.

The Fulton County Clerk’s Office has announced early voting hours at the Fulton County Courthouse for the primary election, which are as follows:

• 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20-25;

• 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. April 27-30 and May 1;

• 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2;

• 8 a.m.-noon May 4.

The Republican field of candidates for mayor will lose two heading into the general election as Ted Denton, Dave Fincher and incumbent Mark Smiley vie for the seat. Rolland R. Roe is running on the Democratic ticket for mayor.

There also is a primary race for Rochester City Council. The following candidates have filed declarations of candidacy for nomination to city council:
Democrats – Mark McCall, District 1; Jim Swank, District 2; Bryan Holcomb, District 3; Cheryl Kay Downs, District 5; and Lori Roberts, at-large.

Republicans – Matt Freeman, District 2; Burns Becht, District 3; Brian M. Fitzwater, District 3; Martin J. Smith, District 4; John D. Garrett, District 5; Brian Goodman, at-large; Chayse Thompson, at-large.

McCall, Becht, Garrett, Thompson, Smith and Goodman all currently sit on the City Council. Shoda Beehler runs unopposed for city clerk-treasurer.