To the editor:
Over the past several years the
Putnam County Board of Elections board and it’s employees have been the
center of Putnam County politics, name calling and drama.
put everything in prospective: Ann Dillinger, has from the moment she
became a board member been out to get Ginger Price. Dillinger is the
ring leader of a group of people who set out to discredit Ginger Price
thru the media and any means they saw fit. Price served Putnam County
for 15 years as deputy director and director of the Putnam County Board
of Elections representing the Republican Party. She did an excellent
Mrs. Dillinger, Martin Kuhlman, Marie Heitmeyer and other’s
perpetrated the biggest “WITCH HUNT” ever against Price and the
Republican Party. They set in motion a campaign to discredit and
victimize Price and other Republicans with thumped up charges to than
Democrat Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Once Kuhlman, Dillinger
and Heitmeyer got on the board - gone was deputy director Carla Tooman,
Director Ginger Price and 20 year board member Lyle McKanna. They used
their connections with Brunner to fight against the nomination of
Republican Tom Jerwers to the board.
There is a reason (more than
one) Shelly Burkhart has lost the trust and confidence of the people who
placed her in her position at the board of elections. Many of the
reasons were discussed during executive sessions. The current board has
chosen to keep it private as good boards do.
To me, Mrs.
Burkhart’s employment was questionable from the start. Her husband, Joe
Burkhart, the Putnam County IT coordinator had Ginger Price’s state
e-mail account forwarded to his personal computer (he admitted this to
the commissioners) was given a slap on the wrist and rewarded by than
board members, Dillinger, Kuhlman, and Heitmeyer when they gave him
full-unsupervised access to all board of election computers. Mr.
Burkhart also submitted the employment test that his wife used to get
I also think it is, I should say WAS, a huge conflict
that the husband of the deputy director of the Election Board is the
person setting up, calculating and overseeing our voting machines.
are many issues, we have been fed only one side for a long time. Mrs.
Dillinger continues to bully Ginger Price with her name calling and
It was the past Board of Elections that cost this
county thousands of dollars when they set in motion the WITCH HUNT
against Ginger Price and other Republicans.
GINGER PRICE…not guilty ANN DILLINGER AND MARTIN KUHLMAN…guilty.
Charol Fortman Stechschulte