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Dem Election Board Member Steps Down, Donates to GOP

Catherine Fanello, Former Democrat Election Board Member — Photo: LinkedIn

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Democrat appointed St. Joseph County Election Board Member, Catherine Fanello, has stepped down from her position with the St. Joseph County Democrat Party. Fanello served in the Democrat appointed position for 8-and-a-half-years. Her last day was May 13th. Only weeks later, Fanello donated $1,000 to the St. Joseph County GOP through a Bronze level of support at the party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

“I disagree with many points of the Democrat agenda… I’m taking a good hard look at the agenda for this country.” Fanello said. “I support good government and I’d say the Republicans are doing good things in St. Joseph County and the State of Indiana.”

“It’s not the first time I’ve supported Republicans and I will continue to do so for those who are doing good work in Indiana.” Fanello continued. “I have always voted Democrat in the past…. I did not vote this election.”

REAL News Michiana asked Fanello if she was switching parties. While she did not give a direct answer, she did explain that she was not happy with the direction of Democrats locally and nationally and she had been planning to leave her appointed position for months.

“I let the Democrat Party Chair and Vice Chair… know several months ago that I’d be leaving after the primary. I want to focus on my career and the Election Board does take up a lot of time.” Fanello said. “I think it’s fair to say that I am taking a serious look at the agenda for our country and our state and I’m going to support good government.”

Fanello has a long history in the Democrat party and politics. She was the Controller for the City of South Bend from 2005-2009. She was also a County Commissioner in Vanderburgh County from 2001-2004.

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