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
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
State House, 9th
(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
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
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.”