The Grand Wayne Center in Downtown Fort Wayne has been occupied all weekend. The Indiana Republican Party is making their mark on Northeast Indiana.
"What an experience."
As Fort Wayne became the first city outside of Indianapolis to host the convention, the local Republican Party made sure to leave a lasting impression.
Chairman Steve Shine of The Allen County GOP Party says his group spent about a quarter million dollars to host the thousands of guests.
"Treating the delegates to dinner, having a fireworks display, having a Kenny Loggins concert, that all takes up the financial involvement."
And the delegates have noticed.
"I really enjoyed it."
"I'm glad it was someplace different so I'm learning about a different corner of the state."
The convention is not all fun and games. Important discussions and votes hit the platform.
"There was an amendment about marriage."
Gay marriage has been a heated topic. Saturday morning delegates approved a part platform opposing gay marriage. Also up for vote are three key positions to the future of Indiana.
Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and State Auditor. The Allen County Republican Party describes this convention as a big win for Fort Wayne but will they do it again?
"We'd be proud to host it again but I think we also need to share the wealth a little bit and let other counties and other areas of the state also get to enjoy what we have enjoyed the past couple years in Fort Wayne."
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