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Election letters

Fellow lawmaker supporting Heuer

I am writing to express my support for the candidacy of Kathy Heuer to continue as state representative of District 83. Heuer is a tireless worker and advocate for the interests of her district. As a member of the Indiana House, I am very much aware of Heuer’s extensive knowledge in the areas of economic and community development and workforce training. In each of these areas Heuer has demonstrated a keen understanding of the topics and a willingness to roll up her sleeves and do the hard work required in the legislature to get things done. On multiple occasions I worked side by side with her to promote legislation that will improve the overall business climate in District 83 and in our state. She is a tireless proponent for her district and we need her back in the Indiana General Assembly. I ask you to vote for Rep. Kathy Heuer on May 6.

GREG BEUMER State representative Indiana House District 33

Heuer’s votes leave confusion

Indiana House District 83 voters are waking up to Rep. Kathy Heuer’s voting record. While many question contradictions surrounding HJR 3, we should also note other problematic decisions.

In 2013, Heuer voted against a reprieve on implementation of Common Core. Her defense was that she felt comfortable voting against the one-year pause, knowing a majority would vote to pass it. Not a sensible answer.

And what can we make of her vote to regulate church and private child care facilities? These facilities are already subject to health and safety regulations. What is Heuer’s reason to increase regulation on these entities?

By voting “yes” to approve a referendum to consolidate local governing bodies into a county executive position, I have to wonder: Why would Heuer allow the public to vote on that issue but not on something as substantial as Indiana’s law on marriage?

At best, Heuer’s votes confuse me. Standing on principle means you say what you mean and, through your actions, mean what you say. There should be no confusion.

DEBRA ZAWLOCKI South Whitley

Barranda strong 84th District pick

I have had the opportunity to serve with Michael Barranda during the past four years on several volunteer activities. He has proven to be a thoughtful and inquisitive student of legislative issues. He works hard to understand issues before taking a position. He holds a solidly conservative approach to public policy issues, believing that government should have only a limited role in our lives.

I have found Barranda to be an honest and open individual. He has served our community as a dedicated servant and as a leader, as evidenced by his work on numerous boards and as past president of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. I know he will bring these qualities to the Indiana General Assembly.

Barranda is committed to serving the citizens of the 84th District to the best of his ability. I am convinced he would do an outstanding job representing our community. I urge the voters of the 84th to examine his qualifications, his personal qualities and his positions on the critical issues. He will make an outstanding state representative.

JOHN STAFFORD Fort Wayne

Barranda can help fight brain drain

I’m writing to encourage support of Michael Barranda. I believe his community involvement and understanding of the legal system will be of great benefit to Hoosiers. His fresh perspective and youth will help our state fight brain drain and will target concerns that will involve more of our Hoosiers than the incumbent. .

MICHELE W. BESSETTE Angola

Fellow sheriff backing Fries

On May 6, the voters of Allen County will have an opportunity to select an individual to represent them as senator in Indiana District 15.

This office is one of great responsibility and is best suited for someone who believes in doing what is asked of them by the constituents who elected them to this office. It is also requires the officeholder to make difficult decisions which may not be popular at the time but correct in their merit for the betterment of all involved.

The citizens of Allen County have such a candidate in Ken Fries. He has shown leadership, integrity and bipartisan decision-making when it comes to doing what is right for his constituents. I have had the privilege to know and work alongside him for the last seven years in his capacity as sheriff of Allen County.

He will represent the voters of District 15 with professionalism and integrity.

JEFF CAPPA Sheriff, Wayne County

Protecting liberty is Nisly’s goal

My belief is that there are two competing philosophies about the relationship of people to their government.

One has those in power asking themselves what decisions would be best for the people. This view is that decisions are made at the government level for our good and that our input is to elect those who will decide what is best for us. This view is summed up by the belief that “people are not capable of running their own lives, but some people are capable of running the lives of millions of other people.”

The other philosophy is that those in office should not try to decide things “for us,” but should spend their energy protecting our freedom and liberty so that we as individuals can make our own individual decisions about how we will run our own individual lives.

Curt Nisly will work to protect our liberty by limiting government. As he says, “Free people limit government.”

CRAIG NAYROCKER Warsaw

Interim clerk seeks Huntertown post

I’m running on the Republican ticket for Huntertown clerk-treasurer. I am the wife of the current clerk-treasurer, David Rudolph, who was elected in 2010. In late 2011, following a surgical procedure, he suffered a stroke. Due to the stroke it was necessary for me to assume his duties for the remainder of his elected term. I was appointed his deputy clerk and have been to multiple clerk-treasurer training sessions and have been serving as deputy clerk treasurer for more than two years. I have a paralegal degree and have been employed for more than 33 years as a paralegal at SIRVA (formerly North American Van Lines). I will retire from SIRVA at the end of 2014 to devote full time to serving Huntertown.

My husband and I are both graduates of Huntertown High School and have lived in Huntertown for 41 years. We have raised four sons in Huntertown, and 11 of our 13 grandchildren attend Northwest Allen County Schools.

I feel that my training and hands-on experience in the clerk-treasurer office make me the best candidate for the job. During this time I have created the budgets from the tax dollars received, including MVH, LRS, CEDIT, COIT and other fund sources. In addition, I have paid wages, utility expenses and bond payments. I have filed all of the numerous state and federal reports required for several million dollars that Huntertown generates. I have a very good working relationship with the Indiana State Board of Accounts and the Department of Local Government Finance, which is necessary to do this job

I would like to continue to serve Huntertown and ask for your vote on May 6.

JANINE E. RUDOLPH Huntertown Deputy Clerk

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