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By Grace Rozembajgier
Tomorrow marks the national midterm election, where in addition to local political offices, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats will be up for grabs. Here’s a quick run-down of the candidates on Indiana ballots.
Mike Braun, Republican
Currently the CEO of Meyer Distributing, Mike Braun hopes to use his business experience to make changes in Washington. Braun served on the Indiana House of Representatives from 2014-2016. According to his campaign, Braun is focused on creating jobs, repealing the Affordable Care Act in favor for “common sense alternatives that would reduce cost and increase access to care,” term limits for politicians, reducing government spending, and supports the 2nd Amendment and the right to life.
Joe Donnelly, Democrat
Joe Donnelly is the incumbent Indiana senator. His political career began in 1988 when he served on the Indiana State Election Board. From 2007-2013, Donnelly represented the 2nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives and has served as an Indiana senator since 2013. In the Senate, Donnelly is currently a committee member on the Committee on Aging; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; the Committee on Armed Services; and the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
A self-proclaimed “independent Democrat,” Donnelly is known as a more bipartisan senator. He supports the Affordable Care Act and coverage of pre-existing conditions, a border wall, and Social Security. During his time as a senator, he has introduced the Empowering Students Borrowers Act to reduce student debt and has sided with President Trump on the renegotiation of NAFTA.
Lucy Brenton, Libertarian
Lucy Brenton is a business consultant with no political background, but a thorough plan for her actions as a senator. Brenton wishes to focus on limiting governmental power, saving the environment, staying “out of international affairs of sovereign nations,” “reduc[ing] and eliminate[ing] the obstacles that prevent small business from creating jobs,” and repealing the Affordable Care Act. She also supports legalizing marijuana and pro-gun rights.
US House of Representatives
5th District (includes Carmel, Westfield, Zionsville, Noblesville, and Fishers)
Susan Brooks, Republican
Susan Brooks has been the US Representative for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District since 2013. She began her political career in 1988 as the Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis and has been in office ever since. As a representative, she currently serves as the Chairwoman on the Committee on Ethics and is on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. At a recent debate against Dee Thornton this past Thursday at Shamrock Springs Elementary School, Brooks stressed “doing more…than prayers” emphasizing how she “‘will’ do more” as a representative. At the debate, she stated her top three issues were “ensuring people with good, paying jobs,” the opioid crisis, and “access to affordable health care [that would] protect people with pre-existing conditions.” She looks to tackle these issues by cutting taxes and providing “career and vocational programs,” and “repeal[ing] and replac[ing] the Affordable Care Act.”
Dee Thornton, Democrat
Dee Thornton has no political background but stresses her experiences as a mom, corporate executive, and collegiate basketball player has given her the skills necessary to be an effective representative for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. At the debate last Thursday, Thornton expressed the top three issues she would focus on as a representative are health care, education, and infrastructure. She also mentioned she “support[s] moving forward regulations that curb…greenhouse gases” and “invest[ing] in clean energy sources” as she believes that this will create “jobs of the future.” Additionally, she stated her support of the Affordable Care Act and gun regulations.
7th District (Includes Indianapolis)
André Carson, Democrat
André Carson has served as Indiana’s 7th Congressional District Representative since 2008. He currently serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the House. Throughout his political career, he has been a proponent of affordable higher education, combating income inequality, and promoting an economy of small business and manufacturing.
Wayne Harmon, Republican
Wayne Harmon is an Indiana State Parole Agent. He ran for Indiana’s 7th Congressional District in the House in 2012, 2014, and 2016, but this year marks the first time he made it past the primaries. According to his campaign, Harmon wishes to reduce taxes to improve the economy and reduce imports in order to promote energy independence. He also states he is “100% in support of Israel” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
For more information on your polling location, district, and complete ballot, visit https://www.vote.org/ or https://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/indy18/build.do. Voting is a wonderful opportunity to participate in our democracy and every vote counts! Happy voting!