Richard E. Thompson, a Parke County farmer, 20-year Jackson Township Trustee, and millwright, has announced his candidacy for state representative in House District 44 which includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Parke, and Vigo counties.
"I am excited about the prospect of meeting my fellow citizens throughout House District 44," he said. "It's time to send Gov. Daniels a clear message: Don't mess with our time, and stop privatizing state government and selling off our infrastructure."
Thompson expects to be elected to fill the ballot vacancy in a caucus of precinct committeepersons on Saturday in Greencastle.
"This is the beginning of a five-month effort to convince the voters in Parke, Putnam, Vigo and Clay counties that our current state representative isn't getting the job done and is nothing but a rubber stamp for Mitch Daniels," said Thompson. "When Susan Crosby went to Indianapolis, she worked in a bi-partisan way making sure to represent all the people of House District 44. I hope to be that same type of representative."
According to Thompson, the district continues to suffer from neglect in the areas that matter most: economic development and the availability of good paying jobs, funding for our classrooms, affordable healthcare, and long term property tax relief.
"I have been privileged to serve the people of Parke County for 20 years, and I am not afraid to stand up to the governor when it comes to representing the wishes and concerns of the people my district," he said.