MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh of Crown
Point wants Republican Gov. Mike Pence to re-evaluate the makeup of the
State Board of Education after a newspaper reported a member serving as an
independent has a history of voting in Republican primaries and donating
to GOP candidates.
The Times of Munster reports campaign finance records show Marian
University President Daniel Elsener has donated $10,575 to Republican
candidates and business groups supporting Republicans since 2001. He also
has voted in GOP primary elections nine out of the last 10 elections.
State law allows only six of the 10 Board of Education members from the
same political party. The governor's office has said Elsener is an
A message seeking comment was left with the governor's office Monday.