Cleo Duncan will not seek re-election
Representative Cleo Duncan announced she will not seek a 9th term
in the Indiana General Assembly Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. in
the lobby of the Ripley County Courthouse, Versailles.
Those gathered for the announcement heard the catch in Duncans
voice as she made the announcement. She has served since 1994
and said she is not crawling into the woodwork by
any means, but intends to remain active helping the area she has
served and the state she loves in a non-elected way.
Duncan said she will remain active until her term is fulfilled,
and has plans for additional bills to be introduced in the upcoming
session. I will continue to hold Town Hall meetings,
she told the Osgood Journal.
Saying she believes it is healthy to have new people in politics,
Duncan says shes been blessed to serve the people of the
67th District for the past 15 years. I have been a part
of many great things that have happened in Indiana and feel it
is time for others to participate.
Some highlights of her tenure as a politician include authoring
many laws. One in particular was Indianas Move Over
Law which was brought about through the tragic death of
ISP Trooper Andrew Winzenread, Versailles Post.
Duncan also helped to advance Southeastern Indiana distance learning
initiatives, helped individuals with autism and their families,
and was instrumental in forming the Vernon Fork Water District.
She also worked closely with Governor Mitch Daniels and other
elected officials to help bring the Honda plant to Greensburg.
Duncan has served on the House Roads and Transportation Committee
and was the first woman to chair that committee. She also served
on Financial Institutions, the Autism Commission, Homeland Security
and many transportation related panels.
She was a true advocate for women in government and was proud
to be a member of the unofficial House Short Peoples
As Ripley County Chairman Ginger Bradford introduced Duncan, she
thanked her from the bottom of my heart, for all she
has done for Southeastern Indiana, Ripley County in particular.
She noted that the representative had done so much it would be
impossible to list everything.
Rep. Duncan was presented roses from the Ripley County Republican
Womens Club and a crystal pitcher from the Central Committee
with words engraved thanking her for her representation of Ripley
County throughout the years.
When Duncan first made the decision to run for office, she said,
I truly wanted to do it to help people. She continued,
I feel that I have always held to that principle and have
kept the interests of the people of Southeastern Indiana first
She listens to everyone, remarked Emily Landis, press
secretary for Duncan, who further noted Duncan has been a delight
to work with, someone she will miss greatly.
Duncan thanked her husband, John, who was with her and has been
to numerous parades and events over the past 15 years. Hes
been great, she noted. She also thanked her constituents
and colleagues in the General Assembly. I treasure the friendships
Ive made and the time spent serving the wonderful people
of the 67th District, she concluded.
While she has plans to spend more time with her family, three
daughters, their husbands, and five grandchildren, Duncan said
she will continue her mission to serve the district and Indiana.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
The first floor of the Ripley County Courthouse
set the stage for the first announcement that State Representative
Cleo Duncan will not be seeking re-election to a 9th term
in the Indiana General Assembly on the Republican ticket.
Pictured left are Ripley County Republican Chairman Ginger
Bradford, and Representative Duncan, loaded with flowers
and gifts from Ripley County thanking her for 15 years of