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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - FWJG calls for "candidates who look more like the districts they represent"

From a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial today:

Candidate filing opens today – here’s hoping it closes Feb. 7 with a full complement of diverse, well-qualified and committed candidates. Allen County and northeast Indiana need progressive public officials to keep momentum building.

The region’s Statehouse delegation, in particular, is in dire need of candidates who look more like the districts they represent. Aside from Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange, Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, and Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City, the northeast delegation is entirely white and male. The effect is an emphasis on economic development to the exclusion of countless other issues, including poverty and children. * * *

With a more diverse legislature, perhaps a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and another tax cut for businesses wouldn’t be the most pressing issues in the session ahead.

The prospects for a more diverse candidate pool don’t look encouraging, however.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 8, 2014 08:45 AM
Posted to Indiana Government