From: Marshall Middendorf
It has been several months now since The Republic first reported that Judge Kathleen Coriden suddenly switched political parties just in time to run for election in the Republican primary in May. The Republic article included comments from Democrat Party Chairwoman Priscilla Scalf but did not include any explanation from Coriden herself, who has been a longtime Democrat.
She was first appointed to the job by a Democratic governor in 2000, ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in 2002 to keep the job, and then ran again as a Democrat, this time successfully, in 2008. The Bartholomew County website still lists her party affiliation as Democrat.
As a Republican, I would like to hear an explanation from Coriden as to why she decided to switch parties after being elected as a Democrat less than six years ago. Will she become a Democrat again after the May primary?