Lloyd Winnecke

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Lloyd Winnecke
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34th Mayor of Evansville
Assumed office
January 1, 2012
Preceded by Jonathan Weinzapfel
Personal details
Born (1960-06-06) June 6, 1960 (age 56)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carolyn McClintock
Children 1
Alma mater University of Evansville
Religion Roman Catholicism

Lloyd Winnecke (born June 6, 1960) is the 34th and current mayor of Evansville, Indiana. He was elected in November 2011 and his four-year term began January 1, 2012. In November 2015 Winnecke was re-elected for a second term.

Personal[edit]

Lloyd Winnecke was born in Evansville to Ralph and Shirley, who were lab technicians at Mead Johnson. Winnecke graduated from Central High School in 1978 and attended the University of Evansville where he received a Bachelor's degree in communications. For thirteen years prior to running for mayor, he worked as Senior Vice President and Marketing Director for Fifth Third Bank. Prior to joining the bank, Lloyd spent 17 years in television news, most recently as News Director at WEHT News 25.[1] Winnecke lives in downtown Evansville. He is married to Carolyn McClintock and has one daughter, Danielle. A Roman Catholic, Winnecke attends St. Mary's Catholic Church in Evansville.[2]

Political career[edit]

County government[edit]

Winnecke has held office continuously since shortly after the 1999 city campaign, when he was selected in a GOP caucus to succeed then-newly elected Mayor Russ Lloyd Jr., on the Vanderburgh County Council. In 2002, in a County Council re-election campaign, Winnecke defeated Democrat Chris Walsh by 61-39 percent. Winnecke had a GOP primary opponent in his 2006 council campaign but no Democratic opponent. As a county councilman he spent three years as president and one year as finance chairman.

In 2008 Winnecke sought a County Commissioners seat and was unopposed. He went on to serve as President of that body. As a county official on both the council and the commissioners he balanced budgets for 11 straight years and held per capita spending to 43% below the state average.[3]

Mayor of Evansville[edit]

Winnecke's first term as Evansville Mayor began on January 1, 2012. He is only the third Republican to head the City of Evansville since 1955. In his first year in office he fought for, and secured, a state-funded full cloverleaf at one of the city's busiest intersections at the Lloyd Expressway and U.S. Route 41.[4]

Winnecke sought to improve city hall's responsiveness through the use of a smartphone app that gives Evansville residents a way to report non-emergency issues to city government.[5]

In an effort to boost downtown development and conventions Winnecke spearheaded a number of related projects. He successfully championed a downtown location for a new interdisciplinary academic health science education and research campus affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine - Evansville. In 2013 he also proposed a new 253 room convention hotel adjacent to the Ford Center and Old National Events Plaza. The project included a $7 million subsidy for the hotel and an additional $13 million in public funds for a new parking garage, bridges connecting the hotel, Old National Events Plaza and the Ford Center, and improvements to the Events Plaza. However, in December 2014 Old National withdrew from the project and it was delayed until a revised plan with 240 rooms was approved in 2015.[6]

Winnecke opposed the state's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and expressed concern over Indiana Senate Bill 101, also known as the Indiana "religious objections" bill, as sending the "wrong message" about the state.[7][8]

Electoral history[edit]

2011[edit]

Evansville mayoral election, 2011: Primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lloyd Winnecke 2,201 92.17
Republican Douglas Degroot 187 7.83
Total votes 2,388 100
Voter turnout 7%
Evansville mayoral election, 2011: General
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lloyd Winnecke 11,664 53.82
Democratic Rick Davis 10,009 46.18
Total votes 21,673 100.00
Voter turnout 15%
Republican gain from Democratic

2015[edit]

Evansville mayoral election, 2015: Primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lloyd Winnecke (incumbent) 1,723 100.00
Total votes 1,723 100.00
Voter turnout 5%
Evansville mayoral election, 2015: General
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lloyd Winnecke (incumbent) 12,309 64.68
Democratic Gail Riecken 6,723 35.32
Total votes 19,032 100.00
Voter turnout 13%
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Langhorne, THomas (8 November 2011). "Republican Lloyd Winnecke elected Evansville mayor". Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mayor's Bio". City of Evansville. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mayor Winnecke to Speak at SIBA Meeting" (PDF). Southwestern Indiana Builders Association. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Martin, John (September 17, 2012). "Full cloverleaf intersection coming to U.S. 41/Lloyd Expressway area". Courier & Press. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Martin, John (September 26, 2012). "Got a complaint for Evansville city officials? There's an app for that". Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Martin, John (31 March 2015). "ERC approves revised Downtown hotel deal". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Winnecke Opposes Gay Marriage Amendment". WEHT-TV/WTVW-TV. 3 Dec 2013. 
  8. ^ Schneider, Chelsea. "Mayor Lloyd Winnecke relays concerns over Indiana's 'religious freedom' bill". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved 31 March 2015.