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Pat Boy and Duane Perry seek Democrat nomination to open Indiana 9th House seat

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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 questionnaire.

The Tribune set word limits for each question and reserved the right to edit for length.

(1) Age, place of residence, occupation.

Boy: 67, Michigan City, Michigan City Councilwoman.

Perry: 68, 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 dollars.

(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.

(4) Differentiate yourself from your opponents and indicate why you believe yourself to be the better candidate (125 words).

Boy: Democracy 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.

Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around. I will support voter access and trustworthy elections. I will oppose gerrymandering and support independent redistricting.

Experience matters. 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.

Perry: My 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.

Perry: 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.

Political party super-domination by either side does serious disservice to voters and prevents serious debate on issues that affect all Hoosiers.

Perry: I 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 NWI.



Posted 4/19/2018




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