Third House Session Public Meeting

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is joining with the Washington County Farm Bureau to present a Third House Session, on Saturday, March 1, in the Presentation Room of Salem High School. Doors will open at 8:15 am. The presentation will begin at 9 am. Light refreshments will be served prior to the event.

Scheduled to attend: Steve Davisson, State Representative District 73 and Richard Young, Indiana State Senator.

Attorney’s John Mead and Andrew Wright will moderate the session. The public will be allowed to ask questions.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.


2014 Spring Primary Candidate Filings

The first day for a candidate to file their declaration of candidacy was January 8th. The deadline for a candidate to file their declaration of candidacy is February 7, 2014 at Noon in the Washington County Clerk's Office. The Primary election will be held on May 6, 2014. For additional information and election forms please contact the Washington County Clerk's Office.

Provided below are the current filings received by the Washington County Clerk's Office. This report will be updated regularly as additional candidates submit their declaration of candidacy.

2014 Primary Election Candidates (pdf)


IN Secretary of State Connie Lawson helps Hoosiers tackle their finances in 2014

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson knows many of you want to pay off debt and improve your financial situation in 2014. Many Hoosiers’ New Year’s resolutions involve money, and there’s no time like the present to get started.

Over the next few weeks, as part of her focus on financial literacy, Secretary Lawson will take to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to share helpful tips for starting a budget, paying off debt, and saving for the future.

Secretary Lawson’s Top Tips for 2014

  • Create a budget and prioritize it! Cutting unnecessary expenses will allow you to pay off debt and build a bigger nest egg. Plus, understanding how your money is being used can lead to more responsible decision-making.
  • Try to negotiate lower interest rates with creditors. If you’re in good standing with the creditor, it’s possible they will give you a better rate and make it easier for you to pay back what you owe. There’s no harm in asking.
  • After paying off a credit card, consider keeping it open! Your credit score is partially determined by how much credit you have, and how much of that credit you are using. It’s called credit utilization. If you have a lot of credit, but are only using a small amount, your score will go up. Closing a card will lower your amount of available credit and potentially lower your score.
  • The new year is a good time to check on your credit report. You’re entitled to one free credit report every twelve months from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. The official website to order these credit reports is We recommend you bookmark that site. Go over your credit reports carefully. Mistakes happen! 

Secretary Lawson says, “The most effective form of investor protection is investor education.” Her office teaches Hoosiers about investment fraud and financial literacy through Indiana Investment Watch. The education program is not funded by taxpayers, but with fines imposed on violators of securities laws. Indiana Investment Watch has educational materials covering the various types of fraud, as well as general financial literacy tools. Workshops and outreach events held throughout the state provide more in-depth information on detecting and avoiding scams. For more information, visit

Tackling Your Finances in 2014 Guide (pdf)


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