I believe in practical, no-nonsense solutions to problems. I believe in the value of a face-to-face conversation where facts matter, and solutions, not headlines, are the goal. My professional career and my personal life have given me many opportunities to meet interesting people from all over the state of Indiana. But there are key issues facing the people of Indiana’s 9th District that often get lost in the noise. Issues like rural poverty, where we need programs that provide more than just money, but also create pathways towards a sustainable workforce. Our focus on this effort would help both small businesses address labor shortages and assist Hoosiers in developing skills that will benefit families for generations to come. Issues like opioid addiction and mental health, which quietly destroy lives and families that lack access to healthcare and treatment options that could make a difference in the lives of so many. We need to rebuild our small businesses, who are still struggling to rebound following a year of immense challenge. These are the real, non-sensationalized, issues facing we Hoosiers today, and I would love to bring the conversation in Washington back to things like this that truly matter. The challenge is that the real Indiana is not being well-represented in Washington right now. The common-sense, practical roots that conservatives and progressives in Indiana used to share have been abandoned by the wealthy folks we are left with now claiming to represent Indiana in Washington. But they don’t truly speak for the Hoosier voices I hear around this district. Our political discourse has been taken over by those who shout the loudest, with all the money to buy the biggest megaphones. Other, more progressive voices and even common-sense centrists are left out of the conversation, as people fail to look beyond single-party ticket voting to consider each candidate on their own merits. With this campaign we want to break through that noise. I will be a representative that shares the experience of growing up in a small Indiana town and understands that there is common ground between rural and urban voters, who are all fundamentally seeking ways to improve our schools and infrastructure, and to protect our environment and civil liberties.
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