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Candidates for Federal Office

US Congress 6th Congressional District (Vote for 1 only)

Susan Hall Heitzman

Status: Challenger

Party: Democrat

Website URL: http://susanheitzman.org/

Date of birth: May, 1944

Place of birth: Indianapolis

Name of spouse: Stephen R. Heitzman

Number of Children: 2

Education: Hanover College, BA 1965

Occupation: Homemaker

Previously sought/held offices: None

Income Inequality

Considering the growing economic disparity between those of lower/middle income and the wealthy, which of the following should be affordable to all people who work full time? Please choose all that apply:

X Food

X Shelter (including basic utilities)

X Education

X Healthcare

X Transportation

X Phone & Internet

X Recreation

ALL. The provision of a safety net to keep individuals and families above the poverty line, with equal access to those minimum basic resources necessary for long-term well being, must be considered an overriding policy objective. Notably: (1) the absence of a livable wage standard is driving our middle-class into poverty; (2) individuals no longer can count on bettering their status through social mobility, once so important in providing pathways to greater equality; and (3) a basic needs approach in societies with high social inequality tends to focus more on subsistence than fairness.

Campaign Finance

Is there a legitimate role for corporations in American elections? No Do you believe corporate political expenditures should be disclosed to the American public before elections take place? Yes

There should be no role for corporations to influence lawmakers. Political donations should be limited to individuals, and these contributions should be reported on a timely basis and be completely accessible to voters. Corporations are not people, nor should they be accorded the same protections as the citizenry of our nation. It is actually a matter of grave concern that corporations have rights and privileges that vastly dwarf those accorded to the American people, and the erosion of human basic economic and civil rights has actually taken place with the steady rise of the corporate state. Indeed, our very democracy is imperiled by the influence of excessive money and secret political influence at all levels of society. Corporate domination of the American government has all but caused a collapse of the system of checks and balances put in place to safeguard its proper functioning + a system once universally recognized and proudly celebrated as the basis for our sense of equality and justice. Accordingly, our political system has descended into a level of incivility and partisanship unparalleled in more than a century of political history. There is a complete lack of transparency in how decisions are ultimately made, and awareness by the public of widespread wrongdoing and injustice. The law of the land is now at the beck and call of corporate influence and greed, and common sense and decency are no longer seen as basic requirements for holding public office.

Immigration

What changes, if any, would you propose to the nation's current immigration policy?

Our history of providing immigrants with opportunities to contribute economically has led to our nation's success as an innovative society driven to greatness in entrepreneurial activities. America's rich heritage is based upon our diversity, as it has been a beacon of hope to the entire world as a refuge for oppressed people. Immigration reform should offer appropriate protections and guidelines to those who wish to apply for legal status to remain in the country. Only a fair-minded and just system that is responsive to the human needs of immigrants and refugees should be contemplated.

Voting Rights

The recent Supreme Court Decision in Shelby v. Holder struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act. What changes, if any, do you support to protect voting rights?

The Justice Department established an excellent record of administratively handling voting restrictions in the jurisdictions that they oversaw. In a post-Shelby County world, voting rights advocates find that they can no longer rely upon the preclearance process to block discriminatory election practices, and must resort to expensive and time-consuming litigation that may fail to be reviewed on a timely basis. Preclearance requirements could actually be considered as the appropriate remedy in a far larger number of jurisdictions than were previously under review by the Justice Department.

The Environment

What do you consider our most pressing environmental issue and how would you address it?

Climate change is the most important environmental issue facing us, because our world is becoming more hostile to a growing number of species - including man. Its current deterioration includes an increase in disasters (droughts, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, etc.) and growing threats to military security throughout the world. The government should regulate toxic emissions and establish more subsidies for renewable energy resources. Many man-made activities and uses of the land + such as agricultural practices - could be reviewed for their deleterious effects to man and biodiversity.

Qualifications

What qualifications (skills/background) will you bring to this office? Why should voters support you rather than your opponents?

My experience as an educator and a small business owner, and my involvement in civic and political affairs, brought me knowledge and insight as to the issues that drive middle-class Americans + their dreams, their heart, their needs, their pain. Watching youth caught up in the juvenile justice system, teaching at the Job Corps and in adult education, assisting in disaster relief projects, I have come to view struggling Americans in a new way. There is energy present in all of us to make things better for ourselves, to help others, to re-focus, and to adapt. I believe that we all need to understand one another better, whatever our story, whatever our bias. We must come together to rebuild our nation's trust in its various institutions, many of which are controlled by people who do not acknowledge inequality, or injustice, or the inhumanity of many of the laws that are currently being written by our public servants. I intend to represent the people and their interests and needs, rather than the demands of big corporations and special interests groups. I will use common sense when I judge the right and wrong of a situation, or of a piece of legislation. I will find people of good character for excellent legal advice and also to represent me, when I can't be with you at home. Even though a lot of very smart people with prestigious degrees do not have human wisdom to guide them, I feel confident that I'll find the right ones that do! I offer voters a real choice.

If you are elected, how will you use your position as an elected leader to help solve Delaware County's most pressing problems?

I will encourage concerned citizens to work together on identifying key local needs and to organize themselves to offer solutions for change. People give up their power when they think they don't have any, particularly when they believe that their politicians have stopped listening to them. Delaware County benefits from its access to an excellent university that promotes local citizen participation in developing sound public policy, and I will demonstrate my commitment to a regular public dialogue process there. I will take any opportunity available to change how a Congressperson works with constituents, seeking any means to be accessible to you. I will work to make affordable Internet service a basic right. Of course, you should have virtually no restrictions to any person, group, or Internet site that you wish to go online to contact, participate with, or learn from. I believe that net neutrality is essential for maintaining a strong and vibrant democracy. We need our nation's government to be based upon a sense of equality and justice for all. I will work to ensure that this district's urgent needs will be addressed by voting for, or co-sponsoring, legislation to help those who are facing a crisis in making ends meet. We need new federal jobs programs, a livable wage, affordable healthcare, debt relief, equal rights and so much more. I will hold our government accountable whenever I am asked to back corporate welfare or unnecessary wars.

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Luke Messer

Status: Incumbent

Party: Republican

Candidate chose not to participate in this voter guide.

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Eric Miller

Status: Challenger

Party: Libertarian

Website URL: http://millerforcongress.go4iu.com

Date of birth: November, 1958

Place of birth: Indianapolis

Name of spouse: Julie

Number of Children: 2

Education: AA Hydrodynamics/Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

Occupation: Sales

Previously sought/held offices: Congress

Income Inequality

Considering the growing economic disparity between those of lower/middle income and the wealthy, which of the following should be affordable to all people who work full time? Please choose all that apply:

___ Food

X Shelter (including basic utilities)

___ Education

___ Healthcare

___ Transportation

___ Phone & Internet

___ Recreation

The growing economic disparity is caused by too much government regulation. People in general try to follow the laws and the law is skewed against the people. Small business, which employs about 75% of the people in our district, are being crushed by taxes and regulations. Businesses are so afraid of being blind-sided by a fine from some government agency that they are not making business decisions that would allow the business to prosper, they are tabling decisions in hope they can weather the governmental storm that is just getting worse. Regulation is strangling our economy.

Campaign Finance

Is there a legitimate role for corporations in American elections? No Do you believe corporate political expenditures should be disclosed to the American public before elections take place? Yes

My answer is not limited to corporations. Any entity or any person who is receiving money from the government should be limited from giving money to campaigns. Many American companies are just holding companies for foreign (alien) entities. Foreign means not domiciled in this state, Alien means not domiciled in this country. When a taxpayer's money can be used to campaign against the best interest of the community, district, state or country that influence must be prevented. 1500 characters is too short for a proper response, but too long for a "sound-byte". Let's just revert back to Thomas Jefferson who said, -the most dangerous thing for our country is the mercenary merchant, who would sell his country out for a few dollars.

Immigration

What changes, if any, would you propose to the nation's current immigration policy?

We have 96-98 million Americans age 18-60 out of work. Wages have been driven down, credit has been destroyed, our housing markets; given the low interest rates, should be booming. Immigration is being confused with a transient labor force, one that has NO interest in becoming citizens. We don't even know if the name we have for them is the correct name. The media and the politicians have done a great job in confusing the population. What we are experiencing is a drain on our social services for the benefit of the large corps whose mouthpiece is the US Chamber of Commerce.

Voting Rights

The recent Supreme Court Decision in Shelby v. Holder struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act. What changes, if any, do you support to protect voting rights?

Voter fraud in many areas is rampant. Early voting and absentee ballots are some of the biggest fraud potentials. Not only should we have voter ID, but also thumbprints. (I have a great story on why, if you care to listen.) the Shelby v Holder involves voter discrimination in jurisdictions where history has seen racial discrimination, like Al, Ms, Ga ect. areas called the "solid south" where the former slaves descendants were held under the thumb of the democrat party via poll taxes and other methods of suppressing the vote. The problem now is multiple votes from one person.

The Environment

What do you consider our most pressing environmental issue and how would you address it?

Coal fired electrical generating plants in China. There are no Pollution Control Devices on these facilities and the airborne particulate matter is destroying the planet, unlike the American coal fired plants which remove 94-96% of the particulate matter and gasses. Our government is shutting down the efficient plants and shipping the coal to the untreated plants, the air has no boundries; however, the huge debt that we owe China precludes any common sense on the issue. We have to shut down so that they can have the coal, that is what they paid for.

Qualifications

What qualifications (skills/background) will you bring to this office? Why should voters support you rather than your opponents?

I understand small business and what makes small business work. The smaller the government, the better the government which is diametrically opposed to the concept that has taken over our country and enslaved our people on the lands our Fathers fought to free. I will work to dramatically cut the size of government. The 9th and 10th Amendments being the crux of the issue. Sadly, most Americans have no idea what the Constitution says or what it means. Unlike my opponents, I want the money to stay in the district, not go to DC and have to beg to get some back to the district. K Street hates this and won't allow it to happen. Justice has left the building and starry eyed promises fill our purses and retirement accounts. Our house of cards is blowing in the wind and the people who should care are walking into walls laughing at instagrams of the funny cat. Wake up America or in the words of Jim Traficant, "Beam me up, Scotty!"

If you are elected, how will you use your position as an elected leader to help solve Delaware County's most pressing problems?

Delaware County like most counties in the 6th district has lost most of its industrial base. Politicians like to say that Indiana is the logistical capital of the country. They mean we have a lot of interstates. We need to bring jobs back to the United States. The only way to do this is to eliminate the red tape and taxes. If you don't know the tax rate on business, do some research. I spent more than a few years as a crane operator tearing down manufacturing facilities for transport to some foreign land, China being the most prominent. Indiana is still a great manufacturing location, but over 80% of the tools made here are shipped overseas to manufacture goods (Made anywhere but America, by anyone but Americans). In a global economy where everything is equal, we would still be number 1. 3 hours of wages in America equals 1 week's wages in China- not equal. Taxes in America are 35% on a corp, while manufacturing in China and other countries are subsidized- not equal. Our own government is cutting our economic throats. This has got to stop. The debt is unmanageable and the unfunded liabilities will drive us to bankruptcy.... it already has. Our congress is just managing the receivership. By implementing the constitution we can reverse the economic destruction, but only if everyone reads and understands what the actual problems are, not just buzzwords and buzz-phrases that mask the problems.

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