Eric A. Wolfe, a lifelong resident of Brazil and future graduate of DePauw University, has filed candidacy for the District 44 seat in the Indiana General Assembly.
The district covers all of Putnam County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo counties.
As the lone Democrat to file for the primary, Wolfe will take on the winner of the Republican primary race between incumbent Andy Thomas (R-Brazil) and Greencastle's Kenneth Eitel in November.
"I am running for office to positively impact District 44 and the State of Indiana like no other candidate can - a young person wanting to save jobs for young people graduating from high school and college," Wolfe said. "Jobs need to be created in District 44 and stay in Indiana, so our young people will be able to reside and raise families in their hometown communities."
In fact, Wolfe has been invited by groups to speak around the country on the power of youth and ways in which communities can be enhanced when youth and adults work together. "I can't wait to be a voice in Indianapolis for the 44th District and forge partnerships that improve the lives of Hoosiers," Wolfe said. "I have a positive attitude and look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems."
Wolfe believes it is important to fight for the issues such as property tax reform's effect on farmers, ISTEP testing in public schools and "No Child Left Behind."
"I am a consensus builder and believe in bipartisan teamwork to deal with issues," Wolfe said.
He has interned in U.S. Senator Evan Bayh's Washington, D.C. press office, as well as leading the National 4-H Youth Directions Council as Executive Director. He led the Clay County Youth As Resources program in 2000 and has been recognized by President George W. Bush as a Daily Points of Light national service winner for his community service efforts.
Wolfe has a strong commitment to community service and has been an active volunteer as a Brazil Lions Club member and Americorps member in Clay County, and a volunteer at Asbury Towers retirement home and Ridpath Elementary School in Putnam County, among other organizations.
He is a 2000 graduate of Northview High School and will graduate in May from DePauw.
Wolfe attends Christ Community Church in Brazil.