|Fri, Dec 20, 2013 04:36 AM
|Issue of December 18, 2013
October 10, 2012 | 08:56 AM
Incumbent Steve Davisson, a Republican from Salem, is seeking a second term as State Representative for District 73, which includes parts of Harrison, Crawford, Washington, Clark, Dubois, Jackson, Perry and Scott counties. He is being challenged by Democrat Sandra Blanton of Orleans, who served three years as State Representative for District 62. State representatives are elected to two-year terms and are not restricted to term limits. Questionnaires were sent to both candidates. Below are their responses.
D-Sandra Blanton (click for larger version)
Family: Husband Larry; adult children Matt Blanton, Britt Mays; 4 grandchildren, Mattie, Ellie, Lucas and Max
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: Education — 1977, B.S. business administration, Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Ky.; 1987, Master of Business Administration, Bellarmine University, Louisville; 2000, Master of Health Care Administration, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.; Occupation — Spent 30 years working in various industries: 20 years as plant accountant in manufacturing facility, 5 years as VP finance in market research firm and 5 years as accountant for Physicians' Clinic; currently retired and involved in several community organizations, IU Health Paoli Hospital Foundation board, Orange County Womens' Giving Circle, Phi Beta Psi, Marriage and Family Alliance; Political Experience — served 3 years as state representative for HD 62, 2008-2010. Served my district and kept them informed about Statehouse events/legislation with weekly newspaper columns. Offered 8 pieces of legislation which were passed into law, 3 of these were brought to me by constituents in my district. I believe in listening and that my first obligation is to my district.
Contact information for voters: Website blantonforstaterep.com; e-mail email@example.com
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I am seeking this office to help with the future of District 73. I am concerned about the lack of attention for Southern Indiana. Our local, rural schools are being starved for funding. I am afraid that the future of education is forced consolidation or privatization. The voucher legislation took $16 million from public education last year and gave it to private and charter schools for about 3,200 students. This school year has 9,000 students receiving vouchers. So that converts to about $45 million from public education funds. If we lose our local schools, we also lose our communities and small towns. ...
Last session saw several major legislative issues passed, including right-to-work and school vouchers. What issue(s) do you believe should be at the forefront during the next session (in 150 words or less)? Protect and fund public education. Partnerships between business and education for training skilled workers. Focus on local, existing businesses to get them the help they need to grow and expand. Promote Southern Indiana through the IEDC to bring business and industry here. Get help with our infrastructure and roads. Our sewage and water systems are old and in need of repair/replacement. County governments need help with road repairs; funding is a problem. Focus on more home rule and stronger local governments, not mandates from Indianapolis.
The state reportedly has a $2 billion surplus. How would you disperse it (in 100 words or less)? Fund education, rebuild infrastructure.
R-Steve Davisson (click for larger version)
Family: Wife, Michelle; children, J., Chelise, Andrew, Brooke, Tyler; grandchildren, Kelsie, Brooklyn, Jordan, Colton
Education/occupation/ political experience: B.S. pharmacy from Purdue University; pharmacist at independent community pharmacy, DANMAR Pharmacy; have served the past two years as state representative for Indiana House District 73
Contact information for voters: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.stevedavisson.com
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? With five children and four grandchildren, I understand the importance of creating opportunities for young people and revitalizing our rural communities. I believe I can be a strong voice for our district and bring a clear understanding of the issues and find solutions to strengthen our district and our state.
Last session saw several major legislative issues passed, including right-to-work and school vouchers. What issue(s) do you believe should be at the forefront during the next session (in 150 words or less)? I see many important issues on the forefront. Providing more educated and skilled workers are important for bringing jobs to Indiana. Vocational education back in our high schools is a priority for me. High school students should have a chance to get the skills and trades that will make them a valuable commodity in the marketplace. I believe funding our schools will continue to be a top priority. Implementing the Affordable Care Act for our state will provide many challenges while still leaving us with many questions. And last but not least is the continual effort to bring more jobs for Hoosier workers.
The state reportedly has a $2 billion surplus. How would you disperse it (in 100 words or less)? First of all, we must make sure we are prepared for these uncertain economic times. This means we need an adequate reserve. Additional monies should be used to assist education funding and provide property tax relief for agricultural land in the face of the severe drought Indiana farmers dealt with this year.