Tuesday, May 27th Boonville native Kevin Derr announced his bid for the office of United States Congress in Indiana's 8th District.
Beginning early in the morning at the courthouse in Greencastle, Derr spoke to a crowd that included David Wells, a representative of the local carpenter's union in Putnam County, and Andy O'Leary, former executive director of the Indiana Democratic Party.
Derr's speech focused on the economy, his promise to bring good paying jobs to Indiana's 8th District as well as bringing Hoosier tax money back to Indiana from Washington D.C.
"The reality is that our district is in need of infrastructure improvement and my goal is to bring money back to this district to benefit all Hoosiers by creating jobs that pay well and provide good benefits to help families.
"As your Congressman I pledge to promote investment in our infrastructure, to encourage existing businesses to expand and persuade major industries to relocate to Indiana's 8th district," Derr said.
While in Terre Haute, Indiana Derr, a veteran of the United States Navy, spoke to people at the local VFW Post and focused on the importance of taking care of our veterans
"It is a grave injustice when our administration calls our soldiers and sailors heroes while they are away fighting on foreign soil but deny them economic opportunity and adequate healthcare after they have returned home," Derr said.
Speaking at Vincennes University, Derr praised Indiana's proud tradition of post-secondary education and paid homage by mentioning each educational institution in Indiana's 8th District which are sharing the responsibility of preparing students for the future.
"Indiana must continue to support and expand educational programs," said Derr.
Derr is in favor of strong national standards but questions the use of vouchers that could possibly undermine the continued efforts of the public schools. He stressed the fact that education is a priority and an important asset to provide economic opportunity for the young people of Indiana and the Nation.
The press tour concluded in Evansville, at the Four Freedoms Monument on the riverfront. Derr, reiterated his stance on education, the economy and the treatment of veterans but elaborated on other issues as well.
Derr challenged the President's new tax policy and referred to it as the 'Leave no millionaire behind' plan. He said that in order for the average American to regain confidence in government and the economy, the tax policy needs to be replaced with one that is fair and equitable for everyone. Derr then challenged the 8th district incumbent Congressman John Hostettler.
"John Hostettler has failed to bring reasonable representation to this district. I pledge now that as your Congressman I will represent all ideas and values, just as the Founding Fathers of this great nation intended," said Derr.
After the conclusion of the press tour, friends, family members and supporters joined Derr at Elliott's Marina Pointe to thank Kevin for his commitment and efforts to improve the quality of life for all Hoosiers.
In conclusion Derr said, "This campaign is not about me, this campaign is about giving the people of Indiana's 8th District a voice in how their taxes are spent. We need to rebuild people's confidence in government and let them know that they are an integral part of the democratic process."