The People of Mercer County Respond

The five Mercer County Republican board candidates applied republican principles to the troubles of Mercer County in the form of an 8-point pledge. Residents responded by electing all five to the board.

Republicans now hold the majority, 7-3.

When Republicans are not afraid to run as republicans, they appeal to the best interests of the people.

Final results for the five Mercer County Board races:

District 1–Karen Jones(R) defeats Randy Anderson(D) — 747 to 430
District 2–Brian Anseeuw(R) defeats Dan Sedwick(D) — 669 to 548
District 3–Lori Sindelar(R) defeats Larry Stone(D) — 767 to 679
District 4–Joe Vann(R) defeats Dan Schroeder(D) — 623 to 569
District 5–Mark Bieri(R) defeats Tom Haines(D) — 885 to 602

Joe Vann

Brian Anseeuw

Mark Bieri

Picture of Karen Jones
Karen Jones

Lori Sindelar


Mercer County Republican vs. Democrat

Mercer County Republicans are running on a positive, pro-active platform (A Republican Pledge to Mercer County), while the Mercer County Democrats are running on a name (Vote Democrat).

Mercer County Republicans


May I have a minute of your time?


Script: Radio Ad for Mercer County Board Candidates

May I have a minute of your time?

Hi, I’m Ted Pappas, chairman of the finance committee of the Mercer County board.

The county auditors tell us that since 2009 our county’s general fund has lost 2.7 million dollars.

The nursing home, the hospital, and the airport were sold under market value in order to cover this loss.

The auditors also tell us that in 2012 and 2013 the expanded county jail lost 900,000 dollars.

Averaged over the last ten months, the county is borrowing nearly nine hundred dollars a day just to pay the bills and keep the lights on.

Without immediate action, within the next eighteen months, we will have no choice but to sell our only remaining asset — our farm in Viola.

The Republican candidates for county board have all made a pledge.

No vague and empty promises. No lofty platitudes. Just real workable proven solutions.

To ensure a brighter future for our children and grandchildren, we need to turn things around for Mercer County. I respectfully ask that you give the Republicans that opportunity on the county board.

Thanks for listening.

Approved and paid for by the Mercer County Republican Central Committee.


A Republican Pledge to Mercer County: An Agenda for Prosperity and Responsible Government

A Republican Pledge to Mercer County: An Agenda for Prosperity and Responsible Government

Mercer County has lost 10% of its population and $7 million in annual Adjusted Gross Income over the last 20 years (See How Money Walks).

If Republicans become a majority on the county board, we pledge to:

1. Balance the budget. In order to bring economic health and prosperity back to Mercer County, we will stop the policy of spending more than we take in and selling properties to try to make up the difference. We need to leave our children and grandchildren a legacy, not a liability.

2. Relieve the tax payer. We will stop the policy of raising the county property taxes the yearly maximum in order to help balance the budget. We will freeze taxes with the goal of eventually reducing them.

3. Upgrade the county board’s operation. With a trained county administrator to assist them, the county board will operate more effectively and county government will perform more efficiently. A county administrator is trained to pursue access to grants and development dollars – to get some of our money back – and to oversee, overhaul, and better manage county departments which are without elected heads.

4. Serve the people. Our singular commitment is to faithfully serve the people of Mercer County. All Republican board members are currently foregoing and will continue to forgo compensation for meetings and mileage at least until such time as the budget has a real surplus.

5. Prosper Mercer County. People and resources are steadily flowing out of Mercer County and into the surrounding counties. We do not need more plans to extract revenue from Mercer County residents. We need a plan to improve general prosperity among the people of Mercer County. Revenue will then take care of itself. Ideas being considered include a short-term tax abatement for new business or new construction which will directly bring jobs and residents and will indirectly grow established businesses – all of which will more than offset the abatement. Mercer County needs to create a business and landowner friendly climate of opportunity in order to cultivate prosperity.

6. Implement full transparency. The people have a right to know what their government is doing. This means Information on Mercer County government – the checkbook, board meeting minutes, budgets, etc. – will be made public and readily accessible online.

7. Manage the jail obligations. The jail expansion has become one of the county’s primary concerns. Republicans will maintain a management policy which will protect the people of Mercer County from becoming burdened by the obligations of the jail expansion.

8. Empower the people. Republicans pledge to always give the people of Mercer County the direct say about large county projects involving potential tax increases. We will also move toward bringing a referendum before the people on dissolving the Public Building Commission so that such matters will always be referred directly back to the judgment of the people of Mercer County.

Mercer County Board Republicans