Baird is a decorated Army veteran, farmer, and long-time owner and business owner.
Baird has conducted business in Clay County since the early 1980s and currently serves on the Putnam County Board of Commissioners.
Baird stated many reasons for making his decision to file. However, he made it clear that the drastic growth in government spending, and the lack of real job creation locally were the main reasons.
"We have talked to many people all over West Central Indiana and not many folks think we are headed in the right direction," Baird said. "We have some real challenges right now and we have to get focused on those issues, which provide the quickest return and the greatest long-term benefit for the most people, which would seem to me to be job creation and reduced spending at all levels of government if we are to get back on the right track."
Baird also mentioned local families and business.
"There are many families working hard just to make ends meet, and local businesses delaying investments until they become more confident in the future," Baird said. "I feel like government should share the burden of economic downturns the same as individuals and businesses."
Baird is a Purdue gradate and has a PhD in animal science from the University of Kentucky. He owns an in-home health care business with his family in Greencastle.
House District 44 includes all of Putnam County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo counties, including Brazil.