03/14/12 The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday its endorsement of Francis Ellert for the Republican primary election to the Indiana House of Representatives, District 17.  The endorsement was made by Indiana Business for Responsive Government (IBRG), the non-partisan political program of the Indiana Chamber.

“Francis Ellert is a dynamic, positive, and accomplished small businessman who cares deeply about his community, state, and family,” said Jeff Brantley, vice president of political affairs for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. “The voters of Marshall and Fulton Counties will be very well served by Francis Ellert as their next state representative.”

“I am excited to receive the endorsement of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. I am running for state representative because I want to focus on economic growth and job creation for our part of the state and to be an effective advocate for conservative Republican values,” said Ellert.

“As a small business owner in House District 17, I am pleased that Francis Ellert has received the endorsement of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce,” said Sam Schlosser of Plymouth Foundry. “Francis Ellert has been a great business and community volunteer. He’s the kind of leader who can get things done.”

Ellert is a graduate of John Carroll University and works as plant manager for the Coca-Cola distribution center in Plymouth. He has volunteered extensively throughout the area for numerous organizations and in 2010 was named “Volunteer of the Year” for the Marshall County United Way. Francis and his wife Susan have been married for 18 years and have four children.

House District includes all of Marshall County, northern Fulton County.

The Indiana Chamber has been the state’s leading business organization for 90 years, representing over 800,000 Hoosier workers through nearly 5,000 member companies across Indiana.