Monday, November 26, 2007

Kevin Knuth Needs To Finish His Term For The Party's Sake

Allen County Democratic Party Chairman Kevin Knuth is strongly considering stepping down as chairman at the end of this year despite having one year left on his term. Knuth has been an excellent chairman and the party is starting to turn the corner here in Allen County. However, the Democrats still need Knuth's leadership and energy to continue the progress made over the last couple of election cycles.

In my opinion there is no organized structure in place to keep the party moving forward in the event Knuth steps down as the local Democratic party has been successful because of strong central leadership. The problem with that business model is that once the leadership is no longer in place things begin to crumble. Typically the way to handle this type of situation is to use a transition plan to ease the new leadership into place while they build experience and credibility.

A strong centralized leader must recognize this and plan accordingly. If Knuth decides to step down this quickly then that transition plan will not be in place and the party will surely suffer because of it. I can only imagine the time commitment being a party chairman must involve and the stress it must put on one's family. However, if at all possible, I would strongly urge Knuth to stick around one more year to ensure a smooth transition in the leadership. Knuth has done a great job and it would be a shame to see the party take a step backwards at this point in time...

5 comments:

ROACH said...

Now that Roach is a republican( for now), theres no reason for knuth, and "the stiers,and queers" to make like bullwinkle, and keep pulling candidates out of their collective a... hats.
Now they can return to their usual MO/SOP. keep an empty storefront, and answering machine, so they can run their shadow operation, when the need arises- Win Moses, Ben Giaquinta, and other minor annoyances need re-elected.
The rest of the time, they can do what they always do- and run as rinos/dinos in the GOP primaries. Instead, they are being lazy, and failing the citizens, making a mockery and a fraud of the 2 party system, and subverting everythiing our veterans got killed for.
I say good riddance. Knuth was a GOP schill anyway. but at least he won a few, more than I can say for that loser, jacka... Stier.

John Good said...

Kevin has been the savior of the local Democratic party, although his modesty will refuse to allow him to accept that fact. His drive and aggressiveness have moved the ACDP to it's current position - The answer to "Indiana's premiere political machine"!

Steve Shine could learn ALOT from Kevin. . .

Kevin - I respect your decision either way, but beg you to consider ONE more year at the helm. We need you to finish the fine job you've done and groom your successor!

Rachel said...

I echo John's comments. Kevin is probably not liked by all within the party and definitely not all on the outside, but if a party chair is doing his or her job, that's what happens. Kevin, I encourage you to stick it out another year. With county and state elections coming up, your fellow Democrats need you.

Stan Matuska said...

This is the first I have heard of this news. From the News Channel 15 site "Between that, full-time work, and family commitments, Knuth says he's been stretched very thin and that would be his main reason for stepping down." I can't say as I blame him, if it is/could affect his home life. Either way, I'm glad I got to know of him, and meet him. His inspiration is admiring. I wish him and his family the best of luck, but do hope to continue to see him as the Democratic Chairman until the end of his term.

J Q Taxpayer said...

While setting from the other side of the street I think Kevin should finish out his last year. I could tell the other key members of the party that by May they had better find someone who is going to take over. That he will work with them through the rest of 2008.

Kevin has started the little snowball rolling down the hill and now it is about the size of a basketball. He needs to keep it rolling to gain in size. A good two party system serves Allen County the best.

It appears under Kevin's watch the party has moved closer to the middle. This will attract GOP people of the middle who no longer care for the actions within their own party.