State Representative, District 70
Long-term incumbent state representative Paul J. Robertson, a Democrat, faces opposition from Republican Tim Hunt. District 70 includes the majority of Harrison County and parts of Floyd and Clark.
Tim Hunt, Rep.
Personal: Hunt, of Sellersburg, and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Christopher and Morgan. A 1975 graduate of Jennings County High School, he also graduated from UC Southern Ohio in 1978 and received additional education as a C.O.E. Construction Project Manager. He currently is director of business development at Koetter Construction. Voters may contact Hunt at www.FriendsOfTimHunt.com.
Duties of position sought: To initiate legislation, to regulate the state’s judiciary system, monitor the activities of the executive branch and initiate the process to amend the state constitution.
Why are you seeking the office? Professional politicians should not be conducting state business. I believe in a servant leadership style that will allow us to work as a team to improve the quality of life for all Hoosiers.
What qualifies you for the office? I see the waste in government and believe it’s time to take control of the situation. Professional politicians will continue to weaken our great state by governing the same way that they have for years.
What do you consider the top issues in the campaign? Property tax reform, education reform, reducing the size of the state government, providing good paying jobs through strengthening our economic development of Southern Indiana’s workforce.
Have state legislators and the governor adequately addressed property taxes to reflect the growing demands of education, local governments, etc. while the national economy is faltering? Please explain: The current bill (1001) is nothing but a short-term, knee-jerk reactive Band-Aid. We must reduce government in order to reduce or delete property taxes.
What can the state government do to ensure that Indiana’s economy (specifically that of Southern Indiana) is strong? Reduce government regulations on individuals and businesses that adversely affect our local economy. Explore additional economic development to provide good paying employment for our district. One word: Laissez-faire, or let do! (or allow to do).
Other comments: I am not a professional politician. I believe in a value-system of governance that stress liberty and rights as core values. There should be no benefit to be given the honor of representing the 70 district of Indiana.
Paul J. Robertson, Dem.
Personal: Robertson, 62, of Depauw, and his wife, the former Jill Ann Moss, have four children, Jennifer, Chad, Heather and Jessica, and one grandchild, Faith Eliana Warner. A 1964 graduate of North Central High School, he earned a B.S. degree from Indiana State University in 1968 and a M.S. degree from there in 1971. He has additional education from Taft Institute for government teachers and has taken graduate courses at Indiana University and ISU. He is a retired history/government teacher, having taught for 36 years at Corydon Central High School, and has served 31 years as an Indiana legislator. Voters may contact Robertson at [email protected], 1-800-382-9842 (Indianapolis office) or 347-2015 (home).
Duties of position sought: My job is representing the people of Harrison County and parts of Clark and Floyd in the General Assembly in Indianapolis, where we propose, discuss, debate and pass laws affecting citizens of the State of Indiana.
What qualifies you for the office? Experience and common sense, a hard combination to beat. My goal as a legislator has always been to represent my constituents in an honest, ethical and forthright manner. My highest priority has always been being accessible to listen to everyone’s concerns. I feel that I have achieved these goals in the years I have served as state representative, and I pledge to maintain that commitment in the future.
What do you consider the top issues in the campaign? In 2008, we passed the Property Tax Reform Bill into law. Homeowners will see a 30-percent reduction in their property tax statewide, and homeowners in Harrison County, an estimated 40-percent reduction. We must continue to fine-tune this program to ensure that property tax reductions are fair and permanent. Other priorities include: adequate funding to provide quality schools for our children, access to affordable health care and, above all, good jobs for Hoosiers.
Have state legislators and the governor adequately addressed property taxes to reflect the growing demands of education, local governments, etc., while the national economy is faltering? Please explain: The governor’s plan for a statewide average of a 30-percent property tax reduction (40 percent in Harrison County) is a giant step forward. The cap of 1 percent for homes, 2 percent for farms and rental property, and 3 percent for businesses will help prevent property tax from increasing so rapidly. I believe the Property Tax Plan is a work in progress, and we will continue to work on it until we have lasting property tax relief.
What can the state government do to ensure that Indiana’s economy (specifically that of Southern Indiana) is strong? We have a well-educated and hard-working labor force in Indiana, which is a tremendous economic stimulant unto itself. We already have a solid infrastructure, such as roads and transportation. I believe Indiana is moving in the right direction for a strong economy. It’s very important that we continue to work cooperatively with local governments, giving them the ability to raise needed funds to provide for services that are necessary in their communities. We must keep taxes low and continue to fund education adequately. As far as Harrison County is concerned, I will continue to work hard to ensure that the $23 million from the riverboat stays in Harrison County.
Other comments: Economic Development ‘ The Economic Development Corp. was created to work with the local economic development officials to attract business and industry to our communities.