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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

District 8 United States Representative Brad Ellsworth answered a variety of questions Wednesday at Brazil City Hall as part of his annual listening tour. Ellsworth, who has filed as a candidate for re-election to his current position, also addressed the possibility of running for United States Senator this year. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Clay County residents had an opportunity to visit with Indiana's 8th District United States Representative Wednesday

For the fourth time since taking office, Brad Ellsworth (D-Evansville) paid a visit to Brazil City Hall as part of his annual listening tour.

"It is an honor to serve," Ellsworth told the packed house. "And it's still a pleasure to go up there and fight for you.

"I know we don't agree on everything and that's OK. You're my board of directors. I respect each and every one of your opinions. But I'm one voice of 535."

On Wednesday, he fielded several questions regarding health care.

One resident, a retired insurance agent, asked Ellsworth about the expense of the project, targeting medicine specifically, and wondered why insurance companies were suddenly being made out in a bad light.

Ellsworth said he didn't want any of the factions involving the health care debate to be "the enemy."

"We need affordable health care," Ellsworth said. "How do we work together? How do we bring down the cost and make it affordable? We all have to come together and work together to solve this.

"Partisan politics are hurting this."

Another resident asked why people couldn't purchase medication from other countries if they could not afford them in the United States.

"We have a responsibility for safety," Ellsworth said. "We just have to be careful."

One resident asked about tort reform and how it could possibly scare doctors from practicing.

Ellsworth said the health care bill, in its current form, is not "designed to make doctors quit."

"There's not an evil plot to put doctors out," Ellsworth said. "It's designed to help make affordable health care.

"If we do it incrementally, I'm cool with that. I think now, that's what we'll see."

Ellsworth told the audience he has heard from several constituents who have had a difficult time affording health care.

While in Brazil Wednesday, Ellsworth was asked other questions as well.

Clay County Council President Mike McCullough asked Ellsworth if there was any way to improve working relationships between the federal government and county governments.

McCullough pointed to several roads in the county that are in need of repair and yet, stimulus money the county has received has been targeted for roads that don't necessarily need it.

"It's just so frustrating," McCullough said. "There has to be some trust."

Ellsworth added he hoped his constituents continued to contact him.

"I want you to watch me," he said. "We all need to stay in touch."

In the race

Although Brad Ellsworth is currently alone in the District 8 United States Representative race on the Democratic ticket, many challengers are vying to take him on in the Nov. 2 General Election.

As of 4 p.m., Wednesday, six individuals had filed a declaration of candidacy to appear on the May 4 Primary Election Ballot as Republicans, including:

* Larry D. Bucshon,

* Billy J. Mahoney,

* Kristi Risk,

* John K. Snyder,

* Dan Stockton, and

* Steve Westell.

Should he remain unopposed in the Primary Election when the deadline to file a declaration passes at noon, Friday, Ellsworth will be the Democratic candidate on the General Election ballot, and will be up against the winner in the Republican Primary.

In state races, Democrat Clyde Kersey (incumbent) remains unopposed in the District 43 State Representative race, while Republican Bob Heaton and Democrat Charles A. Toth have filed to run for District 46 State Representative.

For the spot as District 44 State Representative, Republican James (Jim) Baird and Democratic incumbent Nancy Michael have been the lone individuals to file their candidacy.

Also, in the District 39 State Senator race, Steven M. Thais is currently alone on the Democratic ticket, while incumbent John Waterman is slated to battle it out in the Primary with Ron Boger to be the Republican candidate in the General Election.

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BLAH BLAH BLAH and I promise to represent the wishes of the people of Indiana, Yeah right !! Save the lip service, we've had ENOUGH !

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 8:19 AM

To Ombudsman, give us some good ideas on how to move forward. Share your thoughts on health care reform, how to fix government, give us some hope. It seems everyone is discouraged, but we need solutuions...........

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 9:21 AM

I believe Congressman Ellsworth is an honest,sincere person who really cares about the people of the 8th district and the country as a whole. Remember, he has only been in Congress for 3 years and was a County Sheriff before being elected to Congress.I believe he deserves another term. Washington D.C. is a mess, I think most people believe that, but every basket has at least a few good apples in it, let's give the man a chance.

-- Posted by open minded on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 6:11 PM

Right, thats why he cancelled his town hall meetings when the public demanded answers about the health care plan, he wouldn't face anyone so my concern is how can he be depended on when things get rough, he'll cancel meetings and only show up with answers when things are going good. We deserve more than that, we need representation and accountability out of our elected officials. Politics is definately a Hot issue, if he can't take any heat, don't go in the kitchen ! Especially don't bite off more than you can chew, which is what he appears to be doing. SHOW UP OR BLOW UP !

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 6:51 PM

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