2 Dems want District 70 seat
Two Democrats ‘ Terry L. Miller and Alva J. (Jim) Kincaid Jr. ‘ are vying for the opportunity to take on one-term incumbent District 70 State Rep. Rhonda Rhoads, a Republican who is unopposed in her party’s primary, in this fall’s General Election.
District 70 includes most of Harrison County and parts of Floyd and Clark counties.
The 100-member House of Representatives, along with the 50-member Indiana Senate, make up the Indiana General Assembly, which meets annually at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Representatives are elected to two-year terms, and term limits do not apply.
Members of the House of Representatives, as well as their counterparts in the Senate, can create bills. However, the bills must pass both houses before they can be submitted to the governor and enacted into law.
Representatives must be at least 21 years of age by the time they are sworn into office.
Profiles of the two candidates are printed as submitted.
Name: Alva J. (Jim) Kincaid Jr.
Family: Aaron J. Kincaid (son), Meagan J.P. Kincaid (daughter) deceased. Aaron is 20 and studies criminal justice at Indiana University Southeast. My girlfriend is Lisa Ann Holtman of Seymour.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I attended both North Harrison High School and Charles Allen Prosser Vocational School where I studied welding. I graduated in 1985 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986. I proudly served four years in the Marines where I went to both Infantry Training School and Squad Leaders School. Here, I had a very early and effective education in the necessary traits of good leadership. This is the first time I have run for political office. I feel strongly Indiana deserves better leadership than what it currently has. As a proud, lifelong resident of District 70, I will provide common-sense leadership with loyalty, honor and integrity.
Contact information for voters: e-mail: [email protected]; www.face-book.com/VoteJimKincaid
Why are you seeking the office? The recent attacks on working families are wrong and run contrary to the needs of Indiana. Our current representative has followed the governor’s agenda disregarding the future of Hoosier families. I will work to reverse these attacks and ensure avenues to financial stability are created. I will protect our education system and look for solutions to fix the problems without attacking our schools. We cannot allow the dismantling of the public school system through a privatization scheme with not only very little accountability to parents and the community but can also discriminate against children based on needs.
With education vouchers and right-to-work having been voted on in the past two legislative sessions, respectively, what is the next ‘big’ issue to come before the Indiana General Assembly? Why is it important, and what can be done to ensure a more bi-partisan effort than on recent past issues? Hoosier families need good paying jobs with quality benefits. Democrats and Republicans need to work together to create opportunities such as retraining to help families get back on their feet, not create more obstacles to their financial recovery. This is what public servants are elected to do. We have an obligation to be voice of the Hoosiers who elected us. I will be that voice. When I enlisted in the Marines, I took an oath to protect this country from all enemies foreign and domestic. I will protect hard-working Indiana families just as I did this great nation of ours. The schools need help. We need to provide incentives for teachers of all ages to teach in Indiana, bringing us the most top-notch and loyal educators in the nation. I will also join with law enforcement and come down on the drug problems destroying our youth and their futures.
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Name: Terry L. Miller
Family: Married to Tana (Simpson) Miller for 41 years. Son: Travis, married with 2 children. Daughter: Desley Snyder, married with 2 children. Daughter: Noelle 11 years old.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: 8 years St. Joseph Elementary School, graduated South Central High School 1968. Completed a Machinist Apprenticeship with the L&N Railroad, after serving 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. I have 3 licenses with the State of Indiana Department of Environmental Management. WT-3 Water Treatment Plant Operator. DSL Water Distribution System Operator. Wastewater Operator Class A-SO. Occupation: Superintendent Elizabeth Water Utility. Political experience: County Commissioner District 3, 1989-2002 and 2007-2010. Total of 17.5 years. Former Democrat County Chairman 1994-1997. Precinct committeeman N. Taylor Precinct
Contact information for voters: Home phone 1-812-969-2398; e-mail: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office? I think that the residents in District 70 are not getting the representation that they need and deserve. I feel that once an individual is elected to an office that they represent all constituents in their District not just the Party that they belong to. I do not believe that bringing industry into the state means that we have to be anti-labor. I do not believe that dismantling our public school system is the answer to better education. We have an obligation to maintain a strong public school system. I believe that a new interchange is needed on I-64 near Corydon and I will provide leadership to accomplish that goal.
With education vouchers and right-to-work having been voted on in the past two legislative sessions, respectively, what is the next ‘big’ issue to come before the Indiana General Assembly? Why is it important, and what can be done to ensure a more bi-partisan effort than on recent past issues? I think that the next ‘big’ issue will be a continued assault on the middle class in this state as well as on the public schools if one party maintains control of all three branches of state government. We need to work on solutions to problems. What is right for Gary, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis will not necessarily work here in District 70. I also see a continued push for government reorganization. Speaking as a former county commissioner, I can say that we have a good model of checks and balances with the present system of county government changing to one chief executive will move local government further away from the people and take away a layer of transparency that is very much needed. One answer for a more bipartisan legislature is to end one party control and to work for the interests of the district that we are elected to serve. I also believe that legislators should respect other members of the House of Representatives even if we do not always agree with them.