April 22, 2013

Cass Democratic Party reelects executive team

Committee plans to expand outreach.

by Mitchell Kirk

— The Cass County Democratic Central Committee has voted to keep the previous term’s leadership on as it continues to work toward a resurgence of the party in the area.

Paul Ulerick will remain the committee’s chairman, a post he has held for the past two years. He is currently director of sales at Connecture, Inc., serves on the Cass County Historical Society board of directors and is this year’s co-chairman of the Cass County United Way/United Day Project.

Liz Troxell was reelected as the committee’s vice chairwoman, a position she has held for the past 12 years. She is also the treasurer for both the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 446 and the Hoosier Heartland Central Labor Council.

Staying on as the committee’s treasurer is Sue Shannon, a substitute teacher with the Logansport School Corporation.

Jim Musselman will remain the committee’s secretary. He has worked in marketing for NCR, Advanced Computer Systems and Bantec.

Although the leadership will remain the same, Ulerick said the committee will be making some changes in how it will attract new members to the party.

“The party has not been very visible over the last few years,” Ulerick said.

In order to improve on this, Ulerick said the party will be increasing its presence at area events like the Cass County 4-H Fair and events in smaller communities like Royal Center, Galveston and New Waverly. He said continuing the committee’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner would aid in this as well, as the party hasn’t been able to maintain it as an annual event over the last few years.

Continuing to be engaged in fundraising efforts in the community will also increase the county democrats’ visibility, Ulerick said, like the party’s financial contributions to Ivy Tech Community College and funding scholarships for college students.

“We’ll be doing things like that to get us reengaged in the community,” he said.

Ulerick said the committee will not only be looking for new members, but new candidates as well.

“The whole baseline to do all this is to find people to step up and be candidates,” he said. “There will be a slate to be filled in about a year and a half for some of the county elections.”

Troxell also spoke on this matter.

“We’re going to pursue getting more people on the ballot,” she said, adding that Ulerick will play an important role in doing so. “He’s got such a dynamic personality. He knows a lot of people. He inspires a lot of people.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or

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