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