Vanderburgh County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave running for reelection

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- Vanderburgh County Commissioner, Cheryl Musgrave has announced she will formally file to run for reelection in District 3 on January 8th. In her statement, which she posted to her Facebook page Thursday morning, Musgrave highlighted new investment in public infrastructure including over $80 million in road, bridge, and trail construction.

Musgrave won her seat in 2016 following a tough Republican Party primary against Alex Schmitt, who had the support of Evansville Mayor, Lloyd Winnecke. Evansville Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer told the Evansville Courier & Press that Winnecke “will be supporting all Republican incumbents” this time around.

In 2017, the Chairman of the Vanderburgh County Republican Party, Wayne Parke, called on Musgrave to resign over her handling of the dismissal of the then Burdette Park manager, Jacob Murphy. Parke previously supported Schmitt in 2016 and said he would not support Musgrave in that year’s general election.

So far, Musgrave only has one challenger for her position: 22-year-old welder and Lyft driver Gabe Whitley. Musgrave previously held the position between 2005 and 2007, before she was appointed to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance by then-governor, Mitch Daniels

Ben Shoulders, the Democratic President of the Vanderburgh County Commission announced last November that he’s running for reelection in District 1.

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(This story was originally published on Jan. 2, 2020)

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