Zody gets high profile support as next Indiana Democratic Party chairman

By Rick Yencer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - A Great Lakes campaign coordinator for President Barack Obama has some big names supporting his campaign to be the next Indiana Democratic Party chairman.

 John Zody, who is not well known, especially to some eastern Indiana Democrats,promises to bring hard work, inclusion and communication to the party whose Statehouse ticket took a beating last year when Republicans look the governor's race and won super majorities in the Indiana House and Senate. He also believed in the grassroots approach of winning local races.

 Democrats did elect U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-IN who endorsed Zody, saying he was honest and hardworking He also had endorsements from Democratic congressmen Pete Visclosky and  Andre Carson, but Zody will need the votes from party leaders and district chairmen and vice chairmen. That caucus will happen in March.

 Zody currently is an instructor at Indiana University and was a regional campaign director for Obama last year. He also worked as staff for former Congressman Baron Hill began working politics in Monroe County and worked for former governors. the late Frank O'Bannon and Joe Kernan.

 State Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie did not know anything about Zody, while Mayor Dennis Tyler said he did not know Zody real well.

 "I am sure many were surprised," said Tyler, about Zody's run.

 There had been talk of other replacements for Dan Parker who survived an overthrow in 2011. Former Sen. Vi Simpson of Bloomington, and ex-state representative Scott Reske were names mentioned  in recent months, Reske lost a congressional race while Simpson was Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg's running mate.

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