Retired Porter Superior Court Judge Thomas W. Webber, Sr. has
announced that he has filed his candidacy for state representative in
district 4, a seat now held by Republican Ed Soliday of Valparaiso.
In his candidacy announcement, Webber
said he worked for 20 years as a Portage police officer, during which time
he earned a law degree from Valparaiso University. After leaving the police
force, he practiced law for 15 years.
In 1989, following the death of Judge
Bruce Douglas, then Gov. Evan Bayh appointed Webber to the post of Superior
Court Judge II. He then was elected to serve as judge for three consecutive
terms. He has since served as a senior judge in Porter, Lake, Jasper and
LaPorte counties. In 2005, Gov. Mitch Daniels named Webber a Distinguished
Hoosier. Webber currently serves in the Merrillville law
offices of Alan Mindell and Alexander Lopez.
Webber said his priorities as state
representative would be education, jobs, and state fiscal responsibility. He
expressed support for adult education for those needing to achieve their
high school diploma and college degree. "Our schools need to provide a
balanced education with qualified, adequately paid educators. Northwest
Indiana, with its proximity to rail and highway transportation, a deep water
seaport, prime industrial property, fertile farmlands, and skilled labor
pools, needs an active voice working together with legislative partners to
ensure economic growth for Northwest Indiana and for our great State as
well," Webber said.
Webber also said that it would be his
duty to ensure that the state operates within its budget without creating
"additional burdens to the already overburdened taxpayers."
The 4th district encompasses
portions of Jasper, Lake, and Porter counties including Boone Grove, Hebron,
Kouts, Lakes of the Four Seasons, Malden, and Winfield, as well as portions
of Chesterton, Crown Point, and Valparaiso.