Vern Tincher, of Riley, Ind., a former state representative, announced Thursday that he will seek the 46th District seat in the Indiana House.
"Over the past 15 months, many residents of the 46th District have encouraged me to run again for state representative, even before the incumbent announced he was not running for re-election," Tincher said. "Throughout the times I have served in the Indiana General Assembly, I always have looked forward to the opportunity to travel the district and meet with the men, women and children whose interests I will represent in the House. I believe serving as a state representative is a year-round job, not just three months prior to a general election, and I look forward to discussing the issues that matter most to the people of the 46th District in the weeks and months to come."
The 46th District covers parts of Vigo County, southern Clay County, most of Owen County and Beanblossom Township in Monroe County.
During his tenure in the Indiana General Assembly, Tincher served on the House Ways and Means Committee and is recognized as one of the leading experts on the state's school funding formula. Through Tincher's work, the state adopted an equalization formula that increased per pupil funding for school districts with a low property tax base.
"While the market value property tax assessment system mandated by the courts has proven to be workable, I believe the Legislature must do more to provide additional relief to homeowners and farmers," Tincher said. "The tax reform legislation passed in 2002 and the Energize Indiana program approved in 2003 have helped to create a climate that can help us attract high-tech businesses and create jobs in our state. If we are on the road out of the national recession, as our President claims, then Indiana is in better position than other states to take full advantage of an economic recovery."
Tincher was an Indiana State Police officer for 22 years and is also retired from his second career as a bricklayer.
He is a member if the Riley Townships Lions Club, Indiana State Police Pioneers, Riley Masonic Lodge 390, Scottish Rite of the Valley, Murat Shrine and Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.
Tincher and his wife, Linda, have three children and five grandchildren.