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Ex-chief justice gets democratic honor

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has announced Randall T. Shepard of Evansville as the recipient of the 2014 Advancing American Democracy Award.

The award recognizes an individual who in an exemplary way advances the values of American democracy by encouraging and enabling ethical citizen participation in government.

Shepard, former chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, has respectfully upheld Indiana constitutional traditions and our heritage of rule of law and, in doing so, strengthened our democracy, according to a news release.

Judge John D. Tinder of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit will present the award to Shepard at the ninth annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series on Sept. 11 in Indianapolis.

“We are privileged to bestow this annual award on Chief Justice Shepard for his amazing accomplishments, contributions and judicial excellence,” said Phyllis Geeslin, president and CEO of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

“The chief justice has truly helped advance the cause of democracy as a servant-leader for Indiana’s judiciary,” she said. “We honor him for his creative vision, his dedication and his legacy of distinction, in which he served 25 years of leadership in our state’s legal system.”

Past recipients include former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar, former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, Judge Sarah Evans Barker and Donald C. “Danny” Danielson.

Meet Kuhnle today

Congressional candidate Justin Kuhnle will have an open house today at his campaign office in Albion.

The Democrat is challenging Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman in the Nov. 4 election in Indiana’s 3rd District, which stretches across northeast Indiana. Scott Wise is the Libertarian candidate.

Kuhnle’s open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at his office at 100 E. Main St., Albion, where Indiana 8 and Indiana 9 intersect. Refreshments will be offered.

Kuhnle is a Kendallville social worker. This is his second run in the heavily Republican 3rd District; he sought the Democratic nomination in the 2012 primary election.

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