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Jesse Harper to seek Democrat nomination for state representative

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Valparaiso resident Jesse Harper announced Thursday his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for State Representative for the 4th district.

The district includes parts of Liberty Township. The current representative is Republican Ed Soliday of Valparaiso.

Harper is a member of the Porter County Convention Recreation and Visitor Commission board of directors, the Porter County Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, and past President of the Porter County Memorial Opera House Foundation Board.

On the PCCRVC (tourism board) he was the lone vote against endorsing the privatized Pavilion Partners banquet center at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

In a press release, Harper said he grew up in Valparaiso and is a 1988 graduate of Valparaiso High School and holds a bachelor of science from California State Northridge. He owns and operates a commercial production and media management company, JBH Productions, Inc. in Valparaiso and is in his second year at Valparaiso University Law School where he is in the honors program.

Harper said that many factors influenced his decision to run but that ultimately it came down to a desire to help Indiana move forward.

“Over the last few years Hoosiers have seen first hand what can happen when one party controls every level of government. From RFRA, which approved discrimination and inflicted lasting damage to our state’s reputation and economy, to a crumbling infrastructure, and the systematic dismantling of public education and disrespect of educators, it is clear that we need leaders who legislate for a 21st Century economy and world,” his statement said.

“The Governor and the Republican controlled legislature have shown us what happens to a state’s reputation and infrastructure when elected leaders do not listen to, or seem to know the needs and wants of those they represent. We need legislators who want to lead Indiana into the 21st Century, not those who want to keep us stuck in the past. I firmly believe we can remain true to our values and still, always be moving forward,” Harper said.


Posted 11/6/2015









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