Scott Danks to step down as head of Vanderburgh Democratic Party

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Danks announced on Wednesday that he’s leaving his post.

“Although I absolutely love Democratic politics, I simply cannot devote the time the position of chair deserves,” Danks said.

Danks said in a press release that Vice Chair Edie Hardcastle has agreed to seek the position of chair.

Danks said he asked her to become chair in January, but she wanted to serve as Vice Chair first to “learn the ropes.”

“Edie is extremely intelligent, energetic, politically savvy, and is genuinely a very nice person who gets along with everyone she encounters,” said Danks.

Hardcastle has a PhD in biology and has taught at the University of Southern Indiana for 16 years.

She ran for an Indiana State Senate seat in 2018.

Danks also announced that party Treasurer Alex Burton will be leaving his role to devote more time to his City Council, Ward 4 race.

Danks said current party Secretary Cheryl Schultz will be seeking Burton’s position.

A caucus to elect new officers will be held on July 24 from 6-7 p.m. at Central Library in Browning Room A.

Anyone interested in seeking the positions must provide written notice to Cheryl Schultz (3831 Grassmere Lane, 47725) at least 72 hours prior to the caucus.

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(This story was originally published on July 10, 2019)

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