• On the Trail

Campaign Highlights, October 12, 2020

Evansville rally, October 6, 2020 L-R: Tonda Pauley, Sloane Standley, Linda Lawson, Thomasina Marsili, Amy Word.


Thomasina joined other Owen County residents at the polls in her home precinct in Spencer bright and early on October 6, the first day of early in-person voting. After casting her ballot she drove to Evansville for a Get Out the Vote Rally. Other featured guests included gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers and Lieutenant Governor candidate Linda Lawson, as well as Tonda Pauley, Amy Word, and Sloane Standley.

Early voter turnout has been exceptionally high throughout the state, and Thomasina appreciates receiving numerous enthusiastic messages from people who have already cast ballots for her!

Many counties have modified their usual polling locations and times due to COVID-19. When in doubt, call your county clerk's office with any questions before heading to the polls. Please protect yourself and others by wearing a face mask and keeping your hands clean.

Also remember that political shirts, face masks, headgear, buttons, etc. may NOT be worn while voting. Play it safe and share your opinion on your ballot, not your body!

If you prefer to vote absentee, you can review the requirements and download a mail-in ballot application at

At left: October 6, Evansville: Thomasina and Lieutenant Governor candidate Linda Lawson address a group of early voters.

Below: October 7, Terre Haute: Thomasina joins Vigo County Democrats at their weekly yard sign drive-through event.

On October 7, the Vigo County Democrats welcomed Thomasina at their weekly yard sign drive-through in Terre Haute. Public response has been so good that these events, originally planned for September only, have been extended into mid-October!

Thomasina enjoyed an early supper and lively political discussion at Footer's Pizza in Terre Haute before returning to Spencer to conclude the day with a Zoom meeting.

Following a busy day on the campaign trail on October 8, Thomasina took a break at the historic Log Inn in Haubstadt for a meet-and-greet with Ian Gamroth, the Democratic candidate for Indiana State Representative in District 64.

Built in 1825, the Log Inn is Indiana's oldest restaurant, and visitors can still dine in the same original room that Abraham Lincoln visited in 1844.

As a Spencer County native, Thomasina is doubly proud to retrace Lincoln's footsteps. At age 16, she worked building trails at the Lincoln National Boyhood Memorial.

Also, Thomasina is the first candidate raised in Spencer County to appear on a federal ballot since Lincoln himself!

At left: October 8, Haubstadt: Thomasina and Ian Gamroth at The Log Inn.

Thomasina returned to Vigo County on October 10, beginning her day in West Terre Haute at the “Explore Wabashiki” celebration co-hosted by Wabash Valley Riverscape, the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, and the Indiana DNR. Learn more about wetland conservation and preservation efforts in Vigo County at and

Detailed local news coverage of the October 10 event can be seen here:

Above: Wabashiki Wetlands in West Terre Haute. (Photo credit: Wabash Valley Riverscape)

Next, Thomasina headed to Deming Park in eastern Vigo County to chat with volunteers at a campaign yard sign distribution and “lit drop” event co-hosted by the Nasty Women of Vigo County and Indivisible IN 8th District.

Thomasina did her share of work dropping off candidate information at numerous Vigo County homes before hitting the trail through Clay and Owen Counties, stopping along the way to send a live video message to supporters in Vanderburgh County.


We're excited to see Hope in 8 billboards popping up in locations across the Great 8th, including Rockport, Terre Haute, and Fort Branch. "Thomasina for Congress" yard signs decorate lawns throughout the District. Supplies are very limited, so contact us right away if you want one!

Photos: Billboards and yard signs brighten roadsides and lawns along the 200+ mile long 8th district corridor.


10/12: Look for Thomasina at the Boonville courthouse at 4:00 central time.

10/13: Keep your eyes open in south Terre Haute for the launch of a digital billboard sponsored by the Nasty Women of Vigo County! Thomasina sends them a huge thank you! #PoweredbyNastyWomenofVigo

10/14: Thomasina will distribute yard signs with the Vigo County Democrats in Terre Haute starting at 4:00 eastern time.

10/17: Join Thomasina at the Indiana Statehouse for the "Crossroads to Democracy" rally, which kicks off at 11:00 eastern time, culminating with a march from the Statehouse to the City-County Building at 1:00.


The novel coronavirus remains prevalent throughout the 8th District, and Indiana continues to be under a Public Health Emergency Declaration. Thomasina urges everyone to follow CDC guidelines and err on the side of caution when considering public interactions, especially if you are at increased risk due to age or infirmity.


Sadly, COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future. Until a safe, reliable treatment or vaccine becomes available, it's up to each of us to slow the spread of illness. Please do all you can to protect yourself and others. Wear a well fitted mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin, wash your hands often, remain vigilant about social distancing, and stay home as much as possible. The Hope in 8 team cares about you!

At left: October 8, Spencer: On the campaign trail, Thomasina makes a stop at the Juniper Art Gallery.


Thomasina is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too! Please click on these links and share our posts to spread Hope in 8! Let's win this race together!


or mail to: HOPE IN 8, PO Box 461, Spencer, IN 47460

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