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Letter: Know Coriden has run as Democrat previously

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From: Alice Leonard


My late husband, Peter, and I have been active in the Republican Party here in Bartholomew County for practically our entire adult lives. For decades, two of our party’s most active Democratic opponents have been Kitty Coriden and her husband, Terry. You can therefore imagine my shock when I learned that Kitty Coriden was seeking the Republican nomination in order to run for another term as a judge, even though she is still serving a term to which she was elected as a Democrat.

It has been several months now since she filed to run in the Republican primary, but I have yet to hear or read any explanation from Coriden as to why she suddenly decided to switch parties after so many years as a Democrat. If she finally came to realize the superiority of the Republican ideals of limited government, personal responsibility and judicial restraint, you would think she would say so. But she has not.

A few days ago, I received a mailing from the Coriden campaign. The envelope contained a personal letter from two of her supporters, a full-page letter from Coriden herself, her two-page résumé and a two-page flier. Although the materials purport to detail her professional and community activities from the early 1970s to the present, there is no mention of the fact that she was elected to her current term as judge on the Democratic ballot.

There is no mention that she was first appointed to the job as a Democrat by Democratic Gov. Frank O’Bannon. There is no mention of her husband, Terry’s, unsuccessful run for state senator as a Democrat just a few years ago.

There is no mention of her role as a founding member of the Bartholomew County Democratic Ladies League, and there is certainly no mention of the 16 years her family’s law firm benefited as city attorney to the Democratic administration of Mayor Fred Armstrong.

Kitty Coriden must assume that many Republican primary voters either won’t know or won’t care that she is actually a Democrat when they see her name on the ballot on May 6. They might not care, but they certainly ought to know. That is why I felt compelled to write this letter.

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