Dubois County Democrats endorse Marsili

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Democratic Party voted unanimously over the Memorial Day weekend to endorse Thomasina Marsili of Spencer for the Eighth District Congressional nomination.

Marsili is the first female candidate for U.S. Congress to ever be endorsed by the Dubois County Democratic Party.

“The endorsement is politically significant because our county is the fourth largest voting bloc of the 19 counties in Indiana's 8th Congressional District, after Vanderburgh, Knox and Vigo counties,said Dubois County Democratic Chair Mike Kendall in a press release announcing the endorsement.

If Marsili wins the primary election on Tuesday, she will be the first Democrat female nominated for the party’s 8th District seat in history. And if elected to Congress in November, she will also be the first woman elected to Congress from the 8th District in history.

Kendall said the Dubois County Democratic Party endorsed Marsili for several reasons, including “more than half a dozen visits to meetings and events since August of 2019 and none by her opponents.” In addition he added, “she represents the district’s diversity and exemplifies the values of empathy for the common person demonstrated by presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Marsili speaks truthfully, candidly and without code words to all voters regardless of their political viewpoint.”

According to Kendall, “the tipping point for me was Thomasina’s humane response to the human crisis threat of COVID-19. She put back on her EMT hat and singlehandedly acquired and distributed personal protective equipment to healthcare workers, public employees and private citizens throughout the eighth district.”

“In other words,” said Kendall, “Marsili reached out her hand to give medical help rather than put her hand out for money and votes. I knew then “Hope in 8” is Thomasina in action, not just a slogan.”

The Dubois County Democratic Party is governed by a 15-person steering committee including caucuses representing education, labor, small business, agriculture, Latinos, African-Americans, Young Democrats and Stonewall Democrats. The county party is also governed by a central committee representing all 40 Democratic precincts and 12 townships of Dubois County.

Marsili, age 44, resides in Spencer in Owen County. She was born and raised as a Roman Catholic and lived in Spencer County until she was 16. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Marion University and has worked as a business manager and an EMT. She is currently an educator associated with IVY Tech. Marsili is a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana Stonewall Democrats. In 2018, she was a candidate for state representative in Indiana House District 46, her first candidacy for public office.

Marsili’s two opponents in the primary on Tuesday are Ron Drake (Washington, D.C./Sullivan County), age 82, and Mike Webster (Vanderburgh County), age 59. Drake was a state legislator in the 1960s and Webster has never held elected office.

The winner of the primary election on June 2 will face five-term, unopposed, incumbent Larry Buschon, R-Evansville, in the November general election.

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