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Former Greencastle Mayor enters District 44 race

Monday, January 28, 2008

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Former Greencastle Mayor Nancy Michael traveled to Brazil Monday to announce her candidacy to run for Indiana State Representative District 44.
After 12 years of service as Greencastle's Mayor, Nancy Michael stepped down Dec. 31, 2007.

But, she wasn't ready to leave the political field.

"(My husband Steve) gave me the green light," Michael said after announcing her candidacy to run on the Democratic ticket for Indiana State Representative District 44 Monday at Brazil City Hall. "It's been on the left side of my brain since May. I love local government."

Michael said she officially decided, after discussions with her family, to run in November.

On Monday, she made it official with pit stops in Brazil, Cloverdale, Bellmore, Roachdale, Greencastle and Vigo County.

While at Brazil City Hall Monday, Michael talked of her experience in government.

"It makes sense to me to take my 21 years (of experience) and put it to work (in Indianapolis)," she said. "It seems to be a good fit.

"I've got 21 years of experience that I think are very valuable. I can't tell you what a great time and exciting time this is for me."

A native of Roachdale, Michael also served as Putnam County Clerk and on the Putnam County Council.

While in Brazil, Michael admitted she knew the issues concerning Clay County were not the same in other counties District 44 represents.

"I understand that Clay County is not Putnam County and Clay County is not Parke County," she said. "I recognize that it's not the same. But our communities are all about providing a quality of life for our citizens.

"I don't have all the answers, but you are my resources. I have a lot of learning to do."

Michael told a handful of citizens at City Hall Monday the main issues she planned on targeting included property taxes, unfunded mandates and economic development.

"There's got go be something that's reasonable, workable and affordable," Michael said regarding property taxes. "And we've got to bring jobs here. I think we've got to work on this economy.

"In order for a community to be successful, they've got to be able to invest in themselves."

Michael said she believed her "hands-on" approach with issues will help her.

"We need to be community builders. That's what I'm kind of good at," she said. "I'd like to be a good resource. I think we've got great opportunities here."

District 44 contains all of Putnam County, five townships in Clay County -- including Brazil -- four townships in Parke County and Nevins Township in Vigo County.

Michael is the third candidate to file for election for the position, joining Duane Conover and Richard Thompson. Currently, the seat is occupied by Amos Thomas (R-Brazil).


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We'll stick with Thomas, thanks for the offer!

-- Posted by OntheRight08 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 2:38 AM

No offense to Mr. Thomas but maybe he needs to step down with all the health problems he is having. She has my vote!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 9:17 AM

Take a look at the progress and job growth Greencastle enjoyed during Nancy Michaels tenure as mayor. Granted she wasn't solely responsible for this growth but she was the leader. She obviously knows how to bring people together to work for one common goal for the good of an entire community. She has demonstrated the ability to remain on point during times of negativity towards her and her causes. She is a breath of fresh air that our local politics is in dire need of seeing continued. Amos has done well for us but its time to move on. You have my vote and good luck in the months ahead.

-- Posted by Gizmo on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 9:43 AM


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