PRINCETON — Brandy Vincent of Princeton said Monday that she plans to file her petition of candidacy on the November general election ballot as a Democrat candidate for Gibson County Circuit Clerk.
She announced her intention to challenge incumbent Republican Jim Morrow in the fall election, via social media over the weekend.
Morrow was unopposed in the Republican May primary and there was no Democrat candidate in the primary. Vincent said she made her decision to seek the office after her daughter received a screen shot from someone of a controversial social media exchange involving comments by Morrow last week. Morrow later publicly apologized and closed his Twitter account.
Vincent said Monday that she doesn't know Morrow and has nothing bad to say about him, and the post wasn't the specific thing that prompted her decision to become a candidate. "I have several gay friends and relatives. It was very upsetting to hear that kind of talk coming from someone who's supposed to represent the community. But that's not what moved me. It kind of put an 'oomph' in my step," she said. "It was kind of like the straw that broke the camel's back, to see that look on my child's face.... But I made the decision to become a candidate to offer a change, and I'm excited to be a part of it. I've always wanted to be involved in the community."
Vincent, 37, said her platform is fourfold: "I'm reliable, I'm respectful, I'm responsible and I'm ready."
"I am a very caring and giving person. I would do everything possible to represent Gibson County in a positive way and would never say or do anything to represent Gibson County in anything other than a positive manner."
Vincent and her husband of 15 years have two teens. She said she has lived in Princeton since August 2001, but was "raised as a military brat, so I’ve kind of lived all over the country" during her father's 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
Vincent and her husband own Vincent Entertainment deejay service and have worked prom, parties for the City of Princeton, Girl Scout events, poker runs, father/daughter dances, local charity events including the annual suicide awareness walk, Relay for Life and karaoke events and celebration of life events to help raise money for funeral expenses.
She has a degree in social work from Wabash Valley College and has worked as a staffing specialist in human resources and worked as a substitute teacher. Vincent said she's familiar with computers and software and has an excellent work ethic.
Her civic activities include participation in Broadway Players community theater group and a recent mystery dinner fundraiser for the Princeton Country Club. She's also a member of Hillside United Methodist Church and sings with the church's praise band.
"I love my community and want to be a bigger part of it and appreciate the opportunity to try," she said.