Elk. Commissioner Candidate Campaigns on Protecting Freedom in Grassroots Push

Bob Barnes poses with his family — Photo Courtesy of www.votebobbarnes.com

ELKHART, Ind. — An Elkhart County Commissioner candidate is hoping to ride a wave of grassroots support, spurred by extreme government overreach during COVID lockdowns and mandates, to an upset of a longtime Republican incumbent. Bob Barnes, 61, works in environmental health and safety at a local RV company. It’s there that he says he saw the power of the government to push unreasonable mandates.

“COVID was a preview and test on how the government could bypass the constitution. We cannot have our local officials allow that to happen again.” Barnes told REAL News Michiana, while at a small fundraising event on Thursday. “We need a county government that is willing to stand up and protect our liberties. People are looking for leaders who will stand up.”

Barnes is looking to unseat 16-year-incumbent, Frank Lucchese, in Elkhart’s 1st district. Lucchese, like many other Republican’s at the beginning of the pandemic, embraced COVID restrictions on capacity and mask mandates. Lucchese continued to support restrictions through at least January of 2021. However, he was vocal about wanting to end the mandates as early as April of last year.

Barnes is a longtime resident of Elkhart. He’s been married for 35 years. He has three adult children and one grandchild.

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  1. It’s so nice to know such a professional group of people with Christian values and integrity that really want to help the city of Elkhart and its people.. thank you so much for the invitation to the event on Thursday.. I never really cared about local issues about our city until I heard Bob speak. It was truly an honor to be there. I think I understand the definition of quid pro quo now… it’s been going on for too long now.. time for a change … I just had to say thanks Bob and to your staff for the reassurance that there are honest people that run for these kind of positions that really do care


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