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Elkhart Latinos respond to Trump and other post-election coverage

Monday Dec. 4, 2016

Participants in the Elkhart County Republican Party caucus on Friday Dec. 2, 2016, in Goshen. GOP committeemen picked a replacement to fill out Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill's term when he takes over in January as Indiana attorney general. By Tim Vandenack

Participants in the Elkhart County Republican Party caucus on Friday Dec. 2, 2016, in Goshen. GOP committeemen picked a replacement to fill out Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill’s term when he takes over in January as Indiana attorney general. By Tim Vandenack

Election coverage didn’t end with the counting of votes the night of Nov. 8.

I kept busy in the days afterward as well, analyzing and understanding the results and what they meant.

In Elkhart County, the election of Donald Trump as president alarmed some Latinos and immigrant advocates, and they gathered to mull the implications of his selection:

The election of Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill as Indiana attorney general was noteworthy in the context of racial politics. He’s the first African-American GOPer, near as I can tell, and one of only a handful of African-Americans ever elected to statewide office in Indiana, but race seems to have factored little in his contest.

“I’d like to believe that we’re at a point in 2016 where there are just people. There are Hoosiers. There are Americans,” Hill said in an interview with me.

Here’s the story:

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski resoundingly won a third term and the GOPer was pretty ecstatic about the prospects, in combination with Trump’s victory.

“Now I see a path forward,” she said, alluding to hope for repeal of Obamacare, more aggressive action against ISIS extremists in Syria and an end to what she sees as stifling federal overregulation.

Here’s the story:

Me, Tim Vandenack, on far right, at taping of WNIT's Politically Speaking, aired Nov. 13, 2016. We discussed Nov. 8 elections. Screen grab from program.

Me, Tim Vandenack, on far right, at taping of WNIT’s Politically Speaking, aired Nov. 13, 2016. We discussed Nov. 8 elections. Screen grab from program.

Just last Friday, I covered the caucus of Elkhart County Republican Party committeemen to pick someone to fill the unfinished term of Hill, who’s term as prosecutor still has two years. They tabbed Chief Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker and also picked replacements for two other officials elected to higher office last November. The story was pretty straightforward (look here), but it offered the chance to flex some tweeting muscles and I reeled off 17 of them, reporting all the action — and Becker’s naming — in real time.

As in other cycles, I appeared on “Politically Speaking,” the political show on local public station WNIT, as a wonk, discussing and analyzing the election results:

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Elkhart County prosecutor seeks higher office (after years of speculation about grander ambitions)

Tuesday Dec. 15, 2015

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, who's running for Indiana attorney general. By Tim Vandenack

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, who’s running for Indiana attorney general. By Tim Vandenack

There’s long been talk of Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill running for higher office.

He’s a four-term, law-and-order prosecutor most known, of late, for his office’s prosecution on felony murder charges of the Elkhart Four, four teens involved in a bungled 2012 robbery attempt. The startled owner of the home the teens were robbing shot and killed one of their accomplices, leading to the charges against the youthful offenders, later reduced to burglary by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Hill late last month formed an exploratory committee to look into the notion of running for Indiana Attorney General then formally announced in Indianapolis on Dec. 7 that yes, indeed, he would run. Me being in Elkhart and Hill unavailable for comment, I did what I could to put together an article that day:

He returned to Elkhart and I interviewed him last Friday, writing up the piece that same day. Turns out he’s previously been approached about running for the U.S. House:

Looks like Election ’16 is gearing up.

 

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