The Journal & Courier had a couple of articles featuring my own House district, the 15th. It is currently represented by Don Lehe (R-Brookston). He is being challenged in the Republican primary by Art Anderson (R-Monticello). Anderson is the president of a White County trucking company and says he is running because he thinks the Republican Party has been losing direction and its actions are alienating the people that elected them. If elected, he says he would focus on education and time change. With respect to the time change, he says:
Regarding the time issue, I sure wish we could change it back. People are really not happy.
When asked what separates him from Don Lehe, he says:
I’m not afraid to go against the grain, and I’m not afraid to put the voters’ issues ahead of the governor’s issues. I care more about the district than I do about Indianapolis. I think some people get so wrapped up in being a good Republican they forget the people who voted for them.
In the Democratic primary, Myron Sutton, Sheriff of Newton County is running against John Malan who apparently did not respond to the Journal & Courier’s request for information. Sheriff Sutton says, if elected to represent the district, he would focus on property taxes and school funding.
In the other article, Benton County Democratic Party chair Martin Kennedy thinks Don Lehe may be vulnerable because of how he voted on the time issue. That makes a fair amount of sense to me. Those of you who were following the USDOT’s time zone docket closely may recall the deluge of protests from Benton County. They were protesting the potential shift from Eastern Time to Central Time, but y ou can be few of them were any too happy that Rep. Lehe even let it be an issue when he was in a position to kill the Daylight Saving Time bill with a simple “no” vote.