Primary challenge for Young
The Republican ballots for the May 6 Primary Election will include three candidates for Indiana’s Ninth District congressional seat. Incumbent Todd Young of Bloomington, Mark G. Jones of Indianapolis and Kathy Lowe-Heil of Elizabeth are seeking their party’s nomination to challenge the Democrats’ nominee, either Bill Bailey of Seymour, J.S. Miller of Nashville, James R. McClure Jr. of Clarksville or William Joseph (Billy) Thomas of Corydon, to be determined in the Primary.
Below are the Republican candidates’ exact responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper. The Democrat candidates’ profiles will be featured next week.
Name: Mark G. Jones
Family: Mitchell Duvall-Jones, Stuart Duvall-Jones, twin sons, 18 years old
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Attended IUPUI. General contractor and retired home builder.
Contact information for voters: Phone: 1-317-698-3085
Why are you seeking the office?: To help manage the taxpayers’ money. It is painfully obvious they are doing a poor job.
As Congress, and the country as a whole, becomes more polarized, how can lawmakers come together to pass meaningful legislation? What pieces of legislation do you consider most needed, and why?: To overturn the Affordable Care Act. To balance the budget. To protect the Bill of Rights.
Name: Kathy Lowe-Heil
Family: Husband, John Heil; son, Daniel Medcalf; daughter, Tommie Lillpop; granddaughters, Tristen and Gracy
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I graduated from New Albany High School in 1982. I studied accounting and business management at Ivy Tech. I believe the fact that I do not hold a law degree and do not have political or corporate cronies to repay favors to makes me better able to represent the voices of the people in Indiana’s Ninth District.
Contact information for voters: Cell: 812-725-2401; e-mail: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office?: According to a number of different Congressional Scorecards, my opponent only upholds the U.S. Constitution 50 to 60 percent of the time. That is unacceptable. My grandchildren hold over $55,000 as their ‘fair share’ of the national debt. My opponent has voted in favor of raising the debt limit twice and cast a symbolic no vote on the last increase. I promised my opponent in June 2012 that I would challenge his seat myself if he did not begin to represent me and my grandchildren. I am proud to say that one of us kept our promise.
As Congress, and the country as a whole, becomes more polarized, how can lawmakers come together to pass meaningful legislation? What pieces of legislation do you consider most needed, and why?: Congress must focus on upholding the U.S. Constitution. Our forefathers warned us about too powerful of a centralized government, and that is what we have. As a member of Congress, my focus will be on legislation that are not within the scope of the federal government. I am a strong supporter of the 10th Amendment and will work with the states to rein in the overreaching arm of the federal government.
Name: Todd Young
Family: Jenny (wife); Abigail, Ava, Anna (daughters); Tucker (son)
Education/Occupation/Political experience: 1990-1995: U.S. Navy; 1995-2000: U.S. Marine Corps; 1995 U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis (B.S.); 2000 University of Chicago (M.B.A.); 2001 University of London (M.A.); 2005 Indiana University (J.D.); 2011-present: U.S. House of Representatives
Contact information for voters: Website: www.ToddYoung.org; phone: 1-812-250-6399
Why are you seeking the office?: Since I was first elected to Congress in 2010, we have changed the discussion in Washington from ‘How much can we spend?’ to ‘How can we reduce the deficit?’ Since my first term began in 2011, the federal budget deficit has been cut in half, but there is still work to be done. While a so-called ‘grand bargain’ to deal with our largest programs of government seems elusive, I think there are still areas of common ground where we can accomplish something positive. I’m running again to continue that work.
As Congress, and the country as a whole, becomes more polarized, how can lawmakers come together to pass meaningful legislation? What pieces of legislation do you consider most needed, and why?: Everyone agrees we should be doing more to spur hiring, increase personal incomes and grow the economy. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I helped draft legislation to overhaul our tax code into something simpler, flatter and fairer. The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation says it would increase jobs, let hardworking families keep more of their paycheck and significantly grow our national economy. It borrows some ideas from President Obama, and this ought to be a first step toward a bipartisan solution. Additionally, the House has passed bills I’ve authored to reform our regulatory system and delay Obamacare’s individual mandate tax. The House will soon consider another bill I wrote to repeal Obamacare’s 30-hour definition of full-time employment and restore the traditional 40-hour work week. All of these bills have some measure of bipartisan support and would help Hoosier employees and employers alike.