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Duneland state legislative offices on the ballot; Visclosky seeking 18th term

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Two of Duneland’s state legislators are seeking re-election on Tuesday, while in a third race voters will be casting ballots for an open seat in the State House, while U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is seeking his 18th term in office.

State Senate, 4th District

State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-4th, is seeking re-election to her fourth term, against a challenge from Republican Cole Stultz.

Stultz did not return a questionnaire to the Chesterton Tribune, while in hers Tallian said that, to the best of her knowledge, Stultz “has moved away from the area and may have settled in Brazil, Ind.”

Tallian, 67, an attorney since 1990, has represented numerous municipal bodies, including the Porter County Plan Commission; currently serves as the elected caucus chair for Senate Democrats; and cites, among her achievements in office, her authorship of bills on beach erosion and sand replacement and on worker’s compensation.

State House, 4th District

State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-4th, for his part is seeking re-election to his seventh term, against a challenge from Democrat Frank Szczepanski.

Soliday, 73, works as an aviation consultant and has extensive experience in the State House on transportation and infrastructure issues. Szczepanski, 67, is the CEO of IVDiagnostics, an Indiana biotech company.

For Soliday the key issues in this race are “fiscal responsibility through a balanced budget,” “creating educational opportunities so that our education system meets the demands of a modern competitive workforce,” and modernizing “our deteriorating infrastructure.”

For Szczepanski the key issues are creating “21st-century technology jobs and skills training,” ensuring “affordable healthcare,” and investing in “properly funded public education (to) stop forcing property-tax increases just to fund local public schools.”

State House, 9th District

Democrat Patricia (Pat) Boy and Republican Dan Granquist are seeking election to the open 9th District seat in the Indiana House.

Boy, 68, has served for 15 years on the Michigan City City Council. Granquist, 65, is a business and real estate attorney.

When asked by the Chesterton Tribune on what single issue they believe bipartisanship to be vital to the state’s future, Boy cited “independent or evenly-divided bipartisan re-districting and protection of voter rights”; Granquist, “the opioid crisis (which) has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and has cost the U.S. more than $1 trillion since 2001.”

U.S. House, 1st District

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is defending his seat against Republican Mark Leyva.

Both Visclosky, 69, and Leyva, 59, agree that President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese aluminum and steel are necessary.

When asked if he would support an impeachment proceeding against Trump should the Democrat Party re-take the House, Visclosky said that “any impeachment proceeding should be withheld” until after Special Counsel Robert Mueller concludes his investigation.

When asked if he supported the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act--which the CBO estimated will increase the national deficit by $1.9 trillion in 2018-28--Leyva said that the “only reason there is a projected national deficit is because both Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to reduce budget SPENDING.”



Posted 11/5/2018




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