In the primary
election on Tuesday, May 8, Patricia A. (Pat) Boy, Sean Fitzpatrick, and
Duane Perry will vie for the Democrat nomination for the open 9th District
seat in the Indiana House. The Chesterton Tribune invited all three
to participate in a candidate questionnaire. Fitzpatrick did not return the
set word limits for each question and reserved the right to edit for length.
(1) Age, place of
Michigan City, Michigan City Councilwoman.
Michigan City, LaPorte County Deputy Surveyor.
(2) Describe your
qualifications for office (75 words).
Boy: For 15
years, budget, economic/community development, and labor negotiations have
been my job. I know how to move resolutions and ordinances, and organize
forums and town hall meetings. Iím both a leader and a team player. I helped
Neighborhood Associations develop to improve quality of life. I created a
Womenís Commission for the city. Iíve worked with legislators to protect the
Great Lakes Region from pollution.
Perry: Over 30
years experience serving Fortune 500 companies including Bechtel
Corporation, Foster Wheeler Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering. Managing
contracts and negotiating contract changes with, and for, clients including
British Petroleum, Exxon Corporation, and U.S. Dept. of Energy. Maintaining
working relationships, while saving the party I represented millions of
(3) Why are you
seeking election to the Indiana Houseís 9th District seat? (75 words)
Boy: I havenít
given up on learning new things, and Iíve always liked a challenge. I want
to continue that challenge and make a difference for a larger community. I
want to promote social, economic, and environmental justice for this
district. The towns and cities of Indiana have whatís known as ďhome ruleĒ
but the state still controls whatís in that rule. Protecting cities and
towns from overreach canít be done from a council seat.
Perry: NWI for
years has received less education and infrastructure funding than we need,
as well as legislation to protect our jobs and industries. When NWI provided
much of the state's revenues, our legislators went to Indianapolis and told
the legislature what we wanted, and got it. Since the stateís economy has
changed, we have to take what we're given. I have the diplomatic skills and
desire to get more of what our area deserves.
yourself from your opponents and indicate why you believe yourself to be the
better candidate (125 words).
should work for all of us in the long term. Too often, it works for the
wealthy in the short term. I will be your voice and promote your interests.
I will protect the vulnerable. Iím patient, but I donít give up easily.
choose their politicians, not the other way around. I will support voter
access and trustworthy elections. I will oppose gerrymandering and support
In November, we will elect a State Representative who is new to the job. I
will bring the most experience with me to that job. You can trust that I
will remain accessible and accountable to you.
career background, experiences, communication and business skills, drive and
desire to raise NWI to a higher level.
(5) What are the
key issues in the race? (150 words)
Boy: Just for
starters: good jobs, training, and workersí rights; gun safety (not ďtaking
away your gunsĒ); affordable healthcare; living wages; election reform;
redistricting reform; support for education and educators; environmental
protection; and the drug epidemic are all issues that need to be discussed.
Iím not sure any one of them would be the most important, and there are lots
of others to consider as well.
Education, quality jobs, regional economy, crime, quality of life, and the
environment are the key issues. I will push for substantially more education
funding, with a target of ten times the current amount, the entire increase
going into teacher salaries and benefits, freezing administration salaries
and sizes. Very important, I will immediately work to influence Gov. Holcomb
not to convert our interstate highways to toll roads, which will cost many
Hoosier lives in car-truck accidents. Right to Work legislation needs to be
re-assessed, as to the impact it is having on our local economy and living
standards. Also, the drug crisis in NWI must be addressed now, with more
severe punishment for providers, and corrective/treatment programs for
opioid and main-line drug addicts. We need to address our environmental
issues with technology that neutralizes and corrects problems instead of
industrial restrictions that cost Hoosiers their jobs.
(6) Given the
Republican super-majorities in both the Indiana House and Senate, what
agenda do you believe the stateís Democrat Party must pursue in order to
re-connect with Hoosier voters and re-build its base? (100 words)
Boy: There is a
super-majority in the House and Senate, but only a simple majority in
Republican voters across the state. The cause lies in political
gerrymandering. Itís wrong, no matter which party does the redistricting.
The Democrat minority needs to be vocal about this. They need to pursue
bipartisan redistricting and it needs to be done in the open. I know many
Republicans who support this as well.
super-domination by either side does serious disservice to voters and
prevents serious debate on issues that affect all Hoosiers.
believe Democratic legislators need to re-assess their position on issues
such as immigration, national security, and gun control.
(7) On what single
issue do you believe bipartisanship to be vital to the future of the State
of Indiana? (75 words)
Boy: Budget is
probably the hardest thing to do without bipartisanship. Almost all other
issues involve money: transportation, roads, bridges, health insurance,
education, taxes, environmental protection, and the list goes on.
Working together to
achieve common goals should be how government works. We simply canít do that
if extreme partisanship gets in the way. We all need to reach across
the aisle to move Indiana forward.
Perry: I feel
Democrats and Republicans need to work together on education and jobs to
make Indiana a better place to live and keep future generations home here in