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Thompson announces he's running again

Monday, December 10, 2007

On Monday, Parke County resident Richard Thompson announced he was running again on the Democratic ticket for Indiana State Representative District 44.
Richard Thompson is ready for another shot.

On Monday, the Democrat paid a visit to Brazil City Hall to announce his candidacy for Indiana State Representative for District 44.

Thompson ran against current District 44 State Representative Amos Thomas last year but was defeated.

"It was close," Thompson said Monday. "I want to give it a shot again."

In his campaign against Thomas last year, the Parke County resident and 1971 Van Buren High School graduate campaigned against the change to Daylight Savings Time and the selling of state property under the direction of Governor Mitch Daniels.

On Monday, Thompson said he plans on addressing those issues in his upcoming campaign in addition to new concerns.

"I'm going to stick to what I've done in the past and bring up some new stuff," Thompson said.

He said he's still concerned about the change to Daylight Savings Time and the selling of the state toll road.

"To me, that was a slap in the face of the people of Indiana," Thompson said. "I think we've got a lot of competent people in this state. The selling off (of the toll road) was not a good decision. It's not working."

Thompson was specific Monday regarding the latest issue on many Hoosiers' minds: property taxes.

"The state is spending too much money," he said. "People on a fixed income don't have it. There are people I know that are having a hard time dealing with it. There are a lot of concerns. I think there are a lot of issues that (Daniels) and other people are not listening to.

"We've got to do something. We're pricing people out. There are a lot of things that are hitting a lot of people."

Thompson said he had recently spoken with Thomas about his decision to run again. He added he plans on running his upcoming campaign in the same fashion as his last one.

"It is the issues I'm looking at," Thompson said. "The questions (now) are over taxes. Why didn't (state legislators) figure this out at the planning table to begin with?

"I'm not into mudslinging. People don't want to see that. They want to know what you're going to do for them and how you're going to do it."

Thompson said he intends on listening to people and their concerns if elected.

"They're the ones paying the wages," he said.

He added he learned quite a bit from his last campaign and plans on utilizing that knowledge for his future campaign.

"I enjoyed the last (campaign)," he said. "I met a lot of nice people on both sides of the fence. Every time I go into town, I have people asking me to run again."

Thompson said he also planned on making stops in Rockville and Greencastle Monday.

He is the second person to announce their candidacy as representative of District 44. Duane Conover (R-Rockville) announced his candidacy earlier this year.

Thomas -- also a Republican -- has not officially announced whether he will run again for the position. The filing deadline at the state level to run is Jan. 15, 2008.

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