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Candidates for State Office

Check back in October for information from candidates for Indiana Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Auditor. That information will be collected by the LWV Indiana.

Indiana State Representative District 25 (Vote for 1 only)

Robert Jozwiak

Status: Challenger

Party: Independent Libertarian

Website URL:

Date of birth: June, 1965

Place of birth: Madison, WI

Name of spouse: Jennie

Number of Children:

Education: B.S. Finance; B.S. Management; minor Economics Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Occupation: Owner Leak- Stopper Roofing / Home Improvement

Previously sought/held offices: Mayor of Anderson; State Legislature

Income Inequality

<font color="red">.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

As United States citizens we have expectations that the availability of basic subsistence should be obtainable for all that are able to work.Job opportunities that allow all to obtain these basic needs should be plentiful. Public assistance or welfare should only be available for those that are actually unable to work. Government is currently using welfare to cover up economic policy failures instead of actually fixing the job unavailability issues. Record poverty rates and voter apathy concerning this issue is personally unacceptable. We need to hold our elected officials responsible.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

YES. All children and young adults should have the opportunity to receive a quality education. A consistent framework, no matter which provider, should be required when receiving state funding. Although the framework, should not be so rigid, where it undermines the enjoyment and pleasure of the learning experience. Children that find school to be fun generally score higher on scholastic exams. I think a more alarming issue is that the sales tax revenues used for school funding has not been constitutionally protected.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

Why is government even involved in the marriage business? Governments increasing involvement coincides with a exponential increase in the divorce rate and the destruction of families. Constitutional separation of church and state should have kept government from ever intruding into this ancient ceremonial blessing. Marriage being a religious sacrament would be better handled by a couples church, minister or priest. Contractual law already makes legal agreements available for any two individuals, and provides greater flexibility than the one size fits all marriage contract.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

For decades I have fought for affordable health care. Current federal law has not solved the health care cost problem. Mandatory insurance was never the answer. I am always willing to work with the federal government, but only if we are actually going to solve the core delivery cost problem. Environment

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

As a proud environmentalist, I have seen a marked improvement when comparing the environmental status of today, to that of my childhood. Going into the future, I think we need to-plant more trees,-incorporate more biodegradable alternatives into our packaging,-reduce the amount of, and continue to develop more environmentally friendly pesticides, and herbacides,-more carefully monitor the development and impact of GMO's,-and encourage affordable clean energy alternatives.

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Tim Lanane

Status: Incumbent

Party: Democrat

Website URL: http://www.timlanane.com

Date of birth: July, 1952

Place of birth: Anderson

Name of spouse: Cindy

Number of Children: 3

Education: JD IU School of Law, Indianapolis

Occupation: Attorney

Previously sought/held offices: State Senate

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

___ Recreation

Each of the items chosen is necessary in today's life. Access to decent food, shelter and education has long ago been widely accepted as being a proper focus of public policy. Health care is essential for an advanced society and the goal of containing health care costs. Phone and internet access are also essential services in today's world to providing economic opportunity for all. Only recreation do I believe is something government should have a limited role in providing, although I do favor robust park and recreation services by state and local units.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

Yes. Recent attempts by the state to expand support of non-public schools through tax-supported vouchers and charter schools should require all such schools be treated on an even playing field. Any educational institution that receives public funding should be subject to public accountability and the same set of rules. The "School Choice" concept is based on a belief that parents should have a choice in education, and the resulting competition between schools will enhance overall school performance. That is fair only if all schools then function under the same set of rules.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

Oppose. The proposed amendment was written so broadly as to ban recognition of both same sex marriages and civil unions. This is too restrictive upon future policy makers' discretion to recognize prevailing popular sentiment on these matters. Likewise, given the rapidly changing views on the matter, the idea of placing discrimination against same sex marriage is simply unfair to future generations. As reflected in court decisions across the nation, such a provision is likely to be determined to be contrary to the U.S. Constitution. We shouldn't place discrimination into the constitution.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

Support. Healthcare costs lead all other sectors of the economy. The Affordable Care Act is bringing down costs, providing access to millions of previously uninsured persons, who had been simply passing on expensive costs to other consumers. States exchanges have been successful. Expanded coverage for older children on their parents policies, the ban against exclusion due to pre-existing conditions, expanded senior prescription coverage, and the requirement insurance companies use premiums for health care and not just profits, all benefit consumers.

Environment

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

Pollution on former industrial sites is a major impediment to revitalization in many communities such as Muncie and Anderson. In some cases, further development of such sites is totally thwarted due to the costs involved for remediation. Indiana should devote more resources to assisting local units and developers to perform such clean-ups but should also develop policies which require current users of industrial sites to insure financial responsibility before they abandon operations. Bonding or other financial security assure those who pollute are responsible for cleaning the property.

Indiana Senate District 26

Uncontested

Indiana House 31

Uncontested.

Indiana State Representative District 32 (Vote for 1 only)

Bob Ashley

Status: Challenger

Party: Democrat

Website URL: http://www.bobashley2014.com

Date of birth: October, 1947

Place of birth: Gary, IN

Name of spouse:

Number of Children:

Education: 1982, Indiana University, Indianapolis

Occupation:freelance journalist

Previously sought/held offices: Tipton City Council

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

___ Recreation

Indiana consistently has fallen short of taking care of the poor and middle class. The $7.25 minimum wage paid to approximately 93,000 Hoosiers should be raised to more than $10 an hour with automatic annual adjustments for inflation. Twenty states, including Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, have a higher minimum wage than Indiana's, which hasn't been increased in five years. The current $7.25 an hour can't be considered a `'living wage" for families struggling to pay for the `'free" education guaranteed by the Indiana Constitution.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

Indiana's experiment to provide vouchers for private schools and to pay for charter schools already is a failure. It is on the verge of destroying public education. Broad responsibility over oversee Indiana's education system should fall solely to the Indiana superintendent of public instruction, regardless of who operates the school. Specifically, elected school board should be given the leeway to run schools as local situations call for.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

I firmly opposed the proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. It is foolish and a waste of the Indiana General Assembly's time and money, which should be spent on more pressing issues. A number of such constitutional provisions and laws already have been overturned, including Indiana's. My opponent, who is the primary sponsor of the amendment, is wrong to attempt to impose his morals on others. The U.S. Constitution requires equal treatment of all citizens. Indiana should not attempt to circumvent such a hallowed right.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

Support. Gov. Mike Pence's refusal to allow Medicaid recipient to be covered by the Affordable Care Act is a political maneuver aimed at circumventing the most significant legislative accomplishment in the U.S. since the creation of Social Security. Unfortunately, Indiana is losing millions of dollars in the process while poorer citizens remain without sufficient health care, which costs the state in other ways.

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

Indiana needs to develop an aggressive plan to deal with its water resources and keep them as clean as possible.

Qualifications

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

I covered the Legislature for 16 years as a reporter for the Post-Tribune in Northwest Indiana and as the most widely distributed freelance political columnist in Indiana., I also was host for two years of Indiana Lawmakers originating on WFYI TV (Ch. 20) in Indianapolis. My knowledge of the Legislature and its processes is wide ranging. I would not be a freshman by any stretch of the imagination.

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

School funding throughout the state, in addition to Delaware County, has problems due to two things -+ the unwise constitutional property tax limit and the inability of school boards to decided where their tax revenue should be directed. I will support increased school funding at a minimum of $300 million, which was the amount the Daniels' administration cut from education fund and never restored as promised. I also will support giving local school boards the ability to govern their school without lightning bolts from the Legislature. Additionally, the same leeway needs to be given to local government units, which in many instances, are hamstrung by an overreaching Legislature. Home rule should be home rule.

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P Eric Turner

Status: Incumbent

Party: Republican

Website URL:

Date of birth: December, 1951

Place of birth: Marion

Name of spouse: Cyndy Turner

Number of Children: 4

Education: B.S. 1975 Taylor University

Occupation: Investments

Previously sought/held offices: State Representative 1982-1986, 1994 - Current

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 of these should be affordable to our citizens. Encouraging competition in the marketplace drives down pricing and helps make goods and services more affordable to the public.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

The best accountability is to give parents and their children the freedom to choose what is the best possible education for them, both at the K-12 level and college. Education of our young is critically important and we need to continue to make K-12 education, and higher education, a very high priority in our state budget.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

Consistent with our current law, I believe marriage in Indiana should be between one man and one woman. I would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman, as 29 other states have done.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

I do not believe the Federal Government should be in the business of providing healthcare to citizens. Assistance to those with limited resources can best be accomplished through block grants to the states, who are in the best position to administer health care to it's citizens with needs.

Environment

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

We need to continue to seek the right balance between protecting the beautiful environment God has given us, and encouraging business and industry to utilize natural resources to provide jobs and important services to our citizens. I believe this can best be done at the state level, through the state laws and Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Qualifications

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

I have been in a family business for my entire working career. During my involvement on the House Ways & Means and State Budget committees, I am proud our state is not only fiscally sound, with a $2 billion surplus, but also one of the leading states for business development and job growth. Having been involved in every tax cut for Hoosier taxpayers, over the past few years, including reduction of personal income tax, eliminating inheritance tax, reduction of property tax for homeowners, eliminating the inventory tax, reduction of corporate tax, among others, I am pleased to continue efforts for business growth and attracting good-paying jobs. Every parent and grandparent wants their children and grandchildren to have the opportunity to work close to home. I am committed to pursuing this goal. We need to continue a philosophy of limited government, low taxation and personal responsibility, to have the best possible environment for job growth and new, good-paying jobs.

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 is very much like the other five (5) counties I represent in East Central Indiana, with plants that have closed and jobs lost. We need to continue to make Delaware County and all of Indiana a very desirable place to start a business, expand a business or relocate a business for future good-paying jobs for those who have lost a job and for our children and grandchildren.

Indiana State Representative District 33 (Vote for 1 only)

Greg Beumer

Status: Incumbent

Party: Republican

Chose not to participate in this voter guide.

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Shon Byrum

Status: Challenger

Party: Democrat

Website URL: http://www.shonfor33.com

Date of birth: November, 1982

Place of birth: Muncie

Name of spouse: Vanessa

Number of Children: 5

Education: Bachelor's of Science, 2006

Occupation: Teacher

Previously sought/held offices: Winchester City Council

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

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

Yes. Since all schools now receive state tax money, all schools should be playing by the same rules. Those rules, however, need re-examination, as does the No Child Left Behind Act. The funding formula rewards schools who have enrollments of students who perform better. Many studies have shown that better academic performance is attributed to higher levels of affluence in the home. Letter grades also need reexamined as a valedictorian from an F school has more difficulty getting into college as an average graduate from an A school. Income and affluence contributes to the school letter grade.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

I oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. I love my wife very much, as I'm sure others love their partners just as much. A Constitutional Amendment is very difficult to overturn, and as society progresses, the economic, health, and citizenship issues with such legislation may detour businesses from our state, and detract from our quality of life.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

I would support working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens because when people are healthy they are productive, and I believe we all benefit when we all have our basic needs met.

Environment

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

Forbes magazine recently raked Indiana as the 49th greenest state. Educating our citizens and incentivizing the use of energy-efficient products is Indiana's most pressing environmental issue. I would seek out ways to help reduce costs to homeowners, municipalities, schools, and businesses to use less energy by using energy-efficient products.

Qualifications

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

I am an educator who constantly thinks about our future, and the skills the next generation of leaders need to learn and be able to do. I work collaboratively with colleagues, parents, and administrators to seek solutions for positive benefits. I am a member of a community who strives to belong and be a productive member of, even when the quality jobs and my peers are leaving. I truly want to represent our district, and will always put the people of the district first. I am a part of a generation of doers. I firmly believe that when more people have more opportunity to succeed, everyone benefits. I chose to become a teacher because of this philosophy. I believe in community action, and will always refer back to the communities of District 33 in how I vote and legislate.

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

I believe a legislature is a representative of the people. Not only using surveys to get an understanding of how the people view different legislation, but I will continue to seek out their opinions. I will work tirelessly to keep people updated on new legislation and present that information in objective terms. Once elected, I will represent all people, regardless of party.

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Zeb Sutton

Status: Challenger

Party: Libertarian Party

Website URL: http://www.democracy.com/votezebsutton

Date of birth: November, 1978

Place of birth: Portland, IN

Name of spouse: Amy Sutton

Number of Children: 1

Education: attended Ball State double major Education and Psychology

Occupation: Westat Research and Walmart

Previously sought/held offices: ran for Jay County Commissioner in 2012

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

Shelter (including basic utilities)

Education

Healthcare

Transportation

Phone & Internet

Recreation

  • * Note: Candidate did not choose any of the above.

Healthcare has been a major topic, I have compared and looked at the (affordable healthcare act) and it isn't affordable and the premiums are ridiculous, aka Obamacare needs repealed. insurance for over $500 month premium for 1 with a job that pays $9 dollars a hr is not acceptable also transportation and gas prices is a huge topic with gas pushing $4 Dollars a gallon we need to start drilling of our shores and depend on the Middle East.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

Parents should have the right to choose where their children go, at child should not have to attend a failing school just based on where they live. Many of our school systems are failing us. Make the school system and teachers compete and make parents and children want to attend there school. reading about schools with 35 to 50 percent graduation rates are ridiculous, its time school districts and teachers are held accountable is failing and rewarded if they are being a success to our future leaders.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

The government should not have the right to define marriage and love. This once again where government wants to control all aspects of our lives. Weather, you support it or oppose it, government shouldn't control love. They need to stay out of our personal business if it isn't harmful to others.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

I would work with the federal government, but citizens have the right to privacy also. This implant program that Obamacare wants to do by putting a implant in you if you want to keep insurance needs dropped. Many countries have had success by issuing a credit card that has your entire medical records or tieing it to your social security number.

Environment

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

Locally, the proper disposal of manure from local chicken,turkey and hog farms have been a issue on how fast till it gets into our water supply. There has been a lot of movement on these energy windmills but recently found out these are being shipped in by the dutch when we have company in the United States that could supply these. lets keep the money in the United States.

Qualifications

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

Why vote for me? I am just your average citizen, tired of govt running our lives. I am 35, married to a wonderful wife, Amy and a great 10 yr old daughter, Chloe. I Attended the University of saint francis and Ball state with a double major in secondary education and psychology. By far not rich, I work in retail and will be lucky to back $25,000 this yr so trust me I know what it is like to struggle from paycheck to paycheck. I Feel the citizens need to be represented by a person living there same lives and not ones so far out of touch socially and financially. I was told by a man " if a guy comes up to me in a tie he either is a minister or he wants your money", lol. Well I am a ordained minister and I declare that if I win my first day and every day at the statehouse will be in khakis and a polo shirt and bring some common sense to the statehouse.

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

Topics of Delaware County? There is so many where to start we need to start with ending police quotas and pie charts so the officers can focus on their guard dog duties and not worrying about how many tickets they can write so they keep there jobs. They need to be out protecting the citizens and watching over our properties making sure crime and theft is cut down drastically.

Indiana House District 34 (Vote for 1 only)

Sue Errington

Status: Incumbent

Party: Democrat

Website URL: http://www.SueErrington.org

Date of birth: February, 1942

Place of birth: Warsaw, IN

Name of spouse: Paul Errington

Number of Children: 2

Education: BA, 1960 IU-B; MA, 1961, U Michigan

Occupation: Retired

Previously sought/held offices: Delaware County Council, IN State Senate, Dist. 26

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

These are the components of the American Dream: work hard and you will make enough to afford the essentials of life. Too many Hoosiers are working two jobs and still qualify for government assistance. TEAMwork for Quality Living reports that according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, it would take a single parent with two children 122 hours a week at minimum wage, or 40 hours a week at $22.10/hr, to earn the local living wage income of $45,968/yr. http:/livingwage.mit.edu/counties/18035. We need to focus on attracting and growing jobs that pay enough to support a family. We can do better.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

Yes. K-12 education is 53% of the state budget. We make this investment with the goal of giving our students a world-class education that prepares them for success in life. With three competing types of schools, consistent accountability is essential for legislators to make informed policy and funding decisions. Indiana must do a better job of consistent and accurate measures of accountability. The most glaring example of inconsistency occurred when Superintendent Tony Bennett changed the score for a favored charter school but denied a similar rationale for a public school the previous year.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

Oppose. The IN Constitution, like the U.S. Constitution, is the basic document that protects the rights of citizens. The amendment, on the other hand, would use the constitution to limit rights of citizens now and for future generations. During the legislative session businesses leaders testified that the amendment would portray Indiana as an intolerant and backward state, harming recruitment of top talent. Ministers and citizens testified that putting this limitation in our state constitution would be harmful to many Indiana families and do nothing to support traditional marriage. I agree.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

Support Health care is a basic right but it is out of reach to 300,000 - 400,000 uninsured low-income Hoosiers. The obvious solution is to expand Medicaid as our neighboring states have done. It would not only improve the health of hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers, it would strengthen our healthcare system and - according to a report by the Indiana Hospital Association - create thousands of good jobs in the health care field. Gov. Pence has proposed HIP 2.0 as an alternative to cover this population. As of this writing, it is not known if it will be accepted.

Environment

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

Reduce carbon emissions to improve air and water quality. Indiana gets more than 80% of its power from coal-fired plants (over twice the national average) and is the 4th worst carbon polluter in the country. Two ways to reduce our carbon footprint are to diversify our energy sources including renewable energy, currently only 3% of our energy portfolio, and to embrace energy efficiency. Unfortunately the legislature ended Energize Indiana, the state's two-year energy efficiency program that has saved enough energy to power 97,000 homes for a year. We need to reinstate this successful program.

Qualifications

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

My work as a teacher taught me the importance of education. My work for women's rights & Planned Parenthood taught me how to be a leader. My community service taught me how to work with all kinds of people to get things done. My Delaware County Council service taught me about taxes and budgets. As a state legislator I formed relationships with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both houses to get legislation passed. These skills and experiences prepare me to serve the citizens of Indiana House District 34. I believe they make me the best choice.

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

My approach to public service is to be open, accessible, and engaged in the community. I keep close contact with local public officials, university, hospital, and economic development officials, as well as neighborhood and social service leaders to collaborate on initiatives and challenges to the community. When an individual constituent asks for help, I work with him or her to resolve the problem. If an agency needs a letter of recommendation for a grant proposal, I write one. If the issue involves getting assistance from a state agency, I know who to contact. If it involves policy, I introduce legislation to address the issue. Quality of place is an important aspect of attracting and retaining business. That means good schools, good streets, as well as safe and attractive parks and neighborhoods so I work for legislation that will help Muncie be a place where people want to live and work. A specific example is my leadership on the school bus transportation issue. I testified at community forums and authored legislation for a permanent solution that did not raise taxes. In the end, a temporary solution passed so I will continue to work to make it permanent. Poverty is another Delaware County problem so I support raising the minimum wage, ending the gender wage gap, and other policies to turn around Indiana's growing inequality that blocks the middle class from raising its standard of living and reduces the chances that its children can move up the socioeconomic ladder.

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Stuart Keenan

Status: Challenger

Party: Republican

Website URL: http://www.keenanforhouse.com

Date of birth: January, 1985

Place of birth: Seymour

Name of spouse: Michelle

Number of Children: 3

Education: BA in History, 2007, Pensacola Christian College; MA in History, Ball State University

Occupation: Dispatcher

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:

___ Food

___ Shelter (including basic utilities)

___ Education

___ Healthcare

___ Transportation

___ Phone & Internet

___ Recreation

  • Note: Candidate chose not to select any of the above.

The promise of America is the promise of unalienable rights promised to us in in 1776. It's the promise of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for all, and today's it's as engraved into the fabric of our nation as democracy itself. Everyone, regardless of their background or income, must have an equal opportunity to purse the American Dream. That starts with a foundation of promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship, attracting more high-wage careers into our community.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

An education is the ultimate ticket of economic opportunity. It's the most important thing we do as a state and rightfully is our biggest expenditure. However, every student's education needs are different, so a one-size-fits-all solution to education is a permanent constraint on the opportunities of a lifetime. We must encourage schools across the state to innovate and develop new ways to help students, no matter which schools parents choose for for their children.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

A diversity of opinion on all issues is crucial for success of any group, whether that's a family, a state or a nation. I support giving Hoosier voters the option of voting on an amendment to Indiana's constitution concerning how we define marriage in Indiana, which will lead to a healthy debate on the issue in our state. Once the question of marriage is settled for good, as this issue appears as though the courts will decide it, I would then support the option of civil unions for consenting adults.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

The United States has one of the best systems for healthcare in the world. The biggest question now, though, is how we pay for this superior national treasure. I support the expansion of our Healthy Indiana Plan, which is currently seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A popular homegrown-Hoosier solution to a national crisis, this market-based plan helps pay for a safety net of wellness for low-income individuals and families through private insurance plans with flexible health savings accounts.

Environment

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

The most pressing environmental issue is the need to build our business environment, particularly in Delaware County. In June 2014, our county's unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. That's the sixth highest in the state and more than a percent higher than the state average. That's high-wage careers and opportunities for economic property that people here are missing out on. This must be unacceptable. We can promote a climate of entrepreneurship by helping people, such as Ball State students, launch their ideas to start a business here.

Qualifications

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

The next generation of Muncie leadership is stepping up with a vision to make our home a better and more prosperous place to live. As a recent graduate of a master's degree from Ball State and a young father, I'm excited to be a part of this movement. I know what it's like to struggle to find a job in this market. I've taught college classes and know that we must fight harder to make sure our children are college- or career-ready. I have a young, fresh perspective to help our community and state move forward. You have my commitment that as your state representative, together we will help build policies that help us diversify and grow.

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

The key to this matter is teamwork. One elected official can not solve the pressing problems of Delaware County on his own. I will work with key officials in all areas, from the national to the township level to help bring high-wage careers to our region. We must work to bring diverse opportunities to Muncie as well as retain businesses that are already located here. We have a great asset in our community in Ball State University. We need to develop programs to keep young entrepreneurs who graduate in the region. We need to expand workforce training programs for those looking for jobs, in order to give them the skills necessary to compete in a global marketplace. Finally, we need to make sure our students are prepared for the future by bolstering both vocational as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs in our local schools. I will be willing to work with any and all who share my vision for a bright new Muncie future. Join with me as we make Muncie a shining city in our great state!

Indiana House District 35 (Vote for 1 only)

Jack Lutz

Status: Incumbent

Party: Republican

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Date of birth: December, 1945

Place of birth: Anderson

Name of spouse: Becky Rogers

Number of Children: 3

Education:IU Bloomington, IUPUI

Occupation: Retired (formerly retail)

Previously sought/held offices: Madison County Council

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

Shelter (including basic utilities)

Education

Healthcare

Transportation

Phone & Internet

Recreation

  • * Note: Candidate chose not to select any of the above.

I believe in lowering the tax burden for all Hoosier families. When people can keep more of their own hard-earned money, they have more disposable income to spend on important everyday needs. Reducing taxes increases everyone's personal freedom because it allows individuals and families, not government, to decide how their money spent. Putting money back in Hoosiers' pockets increases spending power, making necessity items easier to afford.

Education

Should accountability for the education of Indiana K-12 youth be consistent across all K-12 schools -- public, private, and for profit?

K-12 schools across the board are more accountable now than in years past. I am in favor of these increased accountability measures, especially given that K-12 education spending makes up over half of our state budget.

Same-sex Marriage

Recent judicial decisions have made same-sex marriage a hot topic in Indiana. Do you, in principle, support or oppose a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?

I have recently supported legislative measures that would have given Hoosiers the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. A professional poll conducted in our district showed that 78% of residents wanted the opportunity to vote on this important societal question. My support for these legislative measures was representative and reflective of the overwhelming majority of people in our district.

Healthcare

Would you support or oppose working with the federal government to provide full healthcare coverage for all Indiana citizens?

I strongly oppose Obamacare, largely because it would usher in unbearable financial costs to our state. I instead support continuing the Healthy Indiana Plan, a healthcare program developed by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers. Healthcare policy should be made at the state level, without the heavy influence of bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

Environment

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

Indiana's most pressing environmental issue is ensuring maximum coal mining production in our state. There is a strong and direct correlation between the abundance of coal and the price of electricity. I support increased coal mining in Indiana as a means of lowering electricity rates (and supporting Hoosier jobs).

Qualifications

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

I bring experience and proven leadership to this office. As your State Representative, I have consistently advocated for the interests of our community, and I have always served, first and foremost, with the honesty and integrity that my constituents deserve. Voters in House District 35 should re-elect me because I represent the common sense conservative principles of keeping government operating within its means by not allowing the state to spend more than it takes in. Hoosier families sit down at the kitchen table to balance their checkbook and determine their priorities based on available money. Following suit, I believe government has a moral responsibility, as a steward of hard-earned taxpayer money, to maintain a balanced budget with some money kept in reserve for rainy days. My record reflects these principles. By stark contrast, my opponent is a one-issue candidate who is heavily influenced by the leadership of teachers unions and their associated political contributors.

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

I believe that unemployment is the biggest issue facing our local communities. Unfortunately, the unemployment rate in Delaware County continues to exceed the overall state average. That is why, for me, jobs are job number one. Taxes, regulations and red tape are burdensome to existing Hoosier businesses, hindering to hopeful start-up businesses and deterring to businesses in other states that might otherwise move to Indiana. In my time in the General Assembly, I have fought to reduce all three of these barriers to job creation. If re-elected, I will continue fighting on your behalf to bring job opportunities to our district by supporting policies that make our communities attractive places to do business. I will work hard to make our district the best place in Indiana to find and keep a job, go to school and raise a family. I will fight for you.

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Melanie Wright

Status: Challenger

Party: Democrat

Candidate chose not to participate in this voter guide.

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