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Schellinger ready to challenge Daniels for governor

Friday, November 30, 2007

Indiana Governor candidate Jim Schellinger talks with Clay County Democrat County Chairman Joe Broyles at the Clay County Courthouse Friday. Jason Moon Photo.
Jim Schellinger believes he has the leadership to run the state.

On Friday, the South Bend native paid a visit to Clay County Democrats to show them he's up for the challenge.

Schellinger stopped by the Clay County Courthouse Friday morning, one of several stops he made in an effort to get to know state Democrats better.

Indiana Governor candidate Jim Schellinger stopped by the Clay County Courthouse Friday to talk to Clay County Democrats. Jason Moon Photo.
Schellinger said has never ran for political office. However, he told the handful of Democrats in attendance Friday he was ready to run against current Indiana Governor, Republican Mitch Daniels.

"We deserve better leadership in Indiana right now," Schellinger said. "This current governor promised us a new style of leadership and we got it."

Schellinger grew up in South Bend and played high school football. He wore the No. 50 jersey, as did his brothers. He told the audience that jersey is currently retired and sits in the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame. When he started mulling over the decision to run for governor, he found out an interesting correlation.

"If I win, which I will, I'll be the 50th governor in the state of Indiana," he said.

Schellinger said paying visits to counties statewide is important to him.

"I value (residents)," he said. "I want their input. I like to know what's going on. I will listen."

He is currently the President of CSO Architects.

Schellinger was very critical of the Daniels' administration Friday.

"We got a governor who told us we should aim higher," Schellinger said. "We need leadership that's focused on progress, leadership that is above the mentality of, 'my way or the highway.' I'm tired of that.

"I've never seen (Indiana) more polarized as a state. Who was (Daniels') mentor? (Daniels) spent so many years in Washington, D.C., that he lost touch with our values."

Schellinger said he wanted to run because he wanted to help "working class families." While in Brazil Friday, he discussed several hot-button issues state residents are currently focusing on, including health insurance, property taxes and outsourcing.

"The property tax crisis? This thing is unbelievable," Schellinger said. "And this new style of leadership has outsourced (millions of dollars).

"This state is not for sale. If you listen to Indiana, you'll find the solutions. The answers are right here."

During a question/answer session, Clay County Council President Mike McCullough told Schellinger he was disappointed that Daniels suggested that local spending was out of control. Schellinger said the numbers he researched regarding local government spending show spending isn't as out of control as suggested, however.

"It's time to quit pointing the finger," Schellinger said.

Schellinger said one of his primary focuses is to listen to citizens, but admitted he doesn't have all the answers.

"I don't know all the answers," he said. "I don't even know all the questions. But I can tell you unequivocally that I know something about people. And I will listen."

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