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Candidate tells Democrats, 'I'm your woman' for governor

Monday, April 7, 2003

State Sen. Vi Simpson speaks at Saturday's Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner at Traditions. Looking on are Judge Blaine Akers and Bill Moreau.

If Democrats win the 2004 race for Indiana Governor, they will have occupied the governor's mansion for 16 years.

But Bill Moreau is concerned that Hoosiers may vote for a change and vote in a Republican governor.

Saturday night, Moreau introduced Democratic candidate Sen. Vi Simpson at the party's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. The event was attended by 200 people at Traditions on National Avenue, Brazil.

"Sen. Vi Simpson embodies change," Moreau said. "Some people have said Indiana is not ready for its first female governor, but I support Senator Vi Simpson for three reasons. First, because of her record of accomplishment; second, because of her vision for the future; and third, because she is electable. She is electable because of the first two reasons."

Moreau said Simpson is a fiscal expert, a supporter of mental health and an advocate for children and senior citizens.

Simpson lives in Ellettsville and was Monroe County auditor before being elected to the Indiana Senate five times. She is a lawyer, married, has two children and one grandchild.

"Democrats can no longer expect to be elected by winning 100 percent of the Democrat vote. Only 29 percent of the registered voters in Indiana are Democrat, so a candidate must be able to appeal to independents and open-minded Republicans. Sen. Vi Simpson has forged alligences and compromises across the political spectrum that can lead to positive changes for Indiana," Moreau continued.

Simpson said Indiana is at a crossroads and needs a leader with the right vision, the right values and experience. She said people want the best man for the job, even if that person is a woman. Because she chose public service rather than public spotlight, Vi Simpson is not a household name-yet, the candidate said.

"But it will be, when you tell parents that Vi Simpson introduced the bill to form the children's healthcare system in Indiana and when you tell children I helped put money into public schools for supplies and computers and when you tell seniors that I worked to pass long term health care reform so they could stay at home instead of going into nursing homes," she said.

Simpson said she is not running to make history but to make a better Indiana. The state has incredible resources, but needs to raise its expectations and get back to the basics of education and jobs as well as care for the elderly.

"Indiana will never reach its potential until every Hoosier reaches theirs. It's a long, hard journey, but together, we can succeed. I'm asking you to join me on this journey. If you're looking for politics as usual, I'm not your man. But if you're looking for someone with political courage, a straight talker and someone that's tough as nails but has compassion, then I'm your woman," Simpson said.

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