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April 7, 2013

Women calling the shots in Elkhart County politics




As for Mellin, she said it has been a great honor for her to lead Elkhart County’s Democratic Party

And her job hasn’t been easy. If you’re a Democratic candidate in Elkhart County, you’re a longshot, which has been a challenge for Mellin during her seven-year term.

“We haven’t had a Elkhart County Democrat elected in over 30 years,” Mellin said. “It’s difficult to get people to run in Elkhart County. It’s expensive and time-consuming with little chance that they will win. We still will try to win those positions.”

Mellin says she is busy making plans for next year’s elections, focusing on voter registration and hoping to fire up younger voters and potential candidates for local and state offices.

“It’s always busy and it’s stressful,” Mellin said, “but I try to take it in stride.”

Mellin said she is proud of the achievements that have taken place during her years of office.

“When I took over they weren’t having regular meetings, there was no contact within the Democrat community, no website or other social media,” she said. “I’ve helped to bring a lot more communication into the monthly meetings when we meet.”

As a result of her hard work, Mellin was elected to the Democratic National Committee last summer.

“That’s a nice honor and they have meetings in (Washington) D.C.,” Mellin said. “It gives me a seat at the state level and I’m able to share Elkhart County concerns to the state board level. They need to hear what our issues are and help as needed.”

This will be Mellin’s last term as chairwoman since she’s decided not to run for re-election in four years.

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