The Spencer County Democratic Party will host candidates for Congress and Secretary of State at JFK’s dinner on April 24

The Spencer County Democratic Party is pleased to welcome Ray McCormick, candidate for U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 8th District, and Destiny Scott Wells, candidate for Secretary of State, as guest speakers at the Annual JFK Spencer County Dinner and Silent Auction on Sunday, April 24. at the Spencer County Youth & Community Center in Chrisney.

Also in attendance will be 8th District President Thomasina Marsili and local candidates including Sheriff Kelli Reinke, District Attorney candidate Dan Wilkinson, Assessor Jane McGinnis and County Councilors Todd Grundhoefer and Todd Ruxer, as well than the candidates of the canton.

Sponsored by the Spencer County Democratic Central Committee, the menu will include smoked pork, creek fries, baked beans, salad, bread, cupcakes for dessert, as well as hot dogs for the kids. .

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. CDT with meal service starting at 12:30 p.m. CDT and take-out service available. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $15 (free for students and children) and can be purchased in advance online at or by calling Secretary Bob Compton at (812) 937-2178. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

“We are thrilled to bring together local members of the Democratic Party for this annual event after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. I encourage and invite all Democratic Party supporters to join us for an afternoon of great food and fellowship. This will also be a great time to meet with county and township candidates and hear from candidates for Congress and Indiana’s Secretary of State,” said Spencer County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Wilkinson.

“We will also have great gift baskets for a silent auction and we will have special recognition for some of our former Spencer County officials,” Wilkinson said.

Ray McCormick is from Indiana’s 8th District and lives with his wife of 42 years, Cheryl, on their Knox County farm where five generations of McCormicks have lived and farmed. Ray also has a son, Nate, a daughter, Marilyn, and two grandchildren.

A lifetime of dedication to conservation principles has taken Ray across the country, testifying before Congress on conservation issues and playing a leading role in crafting conservation provisions in five separate farm bills. Ray was also Indiana’s delegate to the National Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and served on the board of the National Wildlife Federation. Ray believes that protecting our abundant natural resources and critical infrastructure will directly impact and benefit urban and rural families for generations to come.

“I understand the importance of balancing the needs of farmers with the needs of our cities. We all depend on each other; when we all work together, imagine what we can accomplish,” says McCormick.

Ray is well positioned to lead and represent the 8th Congressional District, working to promote conservation and balance the needs of farmers and rural areas with the needs of our growing cities.

“Working together, we have a tremendous opportunity to lead the country with our values ​​of hard work, common sense and courage. A healthy community is a safe, productive, and thriving community and a community that every person in the 8th District deserves. Let’s work together to make the 8th Arrondissement a national leader in environmental and economic innovation,” said McCormick.

Destiny Scott Wells has served in government at the local, state, federal and multinational levels. She began with her own civilian practice in her hometown of Martinsville, Indiana, learning about the dynamics and challenges faced by small Hoosier communities. She later served as the Assistant State Attorney General of Indiana, where she represented the Department of Correction, traversing the state at all of its facilities to drop off incarcerated litigants. She then practiced as Associate Legal Counsel for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, representing DPW clients to IMPD during the summer 2020 civil unrest.

A military intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve, Destiny has 19 years of service. She has toured several times, including a combat tour in Afghanistan, and recently left active duty as an adjunct professor teaching military history at the Army Command and Staff College.

She received several awards such as two Meritorious Service Medals, Army Medal of Honor, Combat Action Badge for direct combat, NATO Campaign Ribbon, etc.

Nationally, she is recognized as a Defense Counsel with the Truman National Security Project, a group that has seen the membership of Indiana Democrats like Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and IDP Chairman Mike Schmuhl.

“As a veteran who proudly served and defended our nation’s freedoms, we must protect democracy on the home front — like free and fair elections,” Wells said. “That’s why I seek the privilege of becoming Indiana’s next secretary of state.”

Destiny is also Vice President of Coalitions and Expansion for the Indiana Democratic Party, and also a Hoosier Women Forward graduate currently serving on the Board of Directors. Destiny also sits outside of government and politics on the Milk Bank board. She graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington and the University of Texas School of Law.

And she and her husband Oliver, also a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, live in downtown Indianapolis with their two sons, Owen (10, stepson) and Harrison (2).

Joseph K. Bennett