Last week, Spelbring filed for candidacy in the race for Indiana District 42 Representative, and he spent his time at the Clay County Senior Center persuading fellow Democrats to support him.
"I can best serve others by going out into the community, finding out what the needs are and creating educational and economic development programs to suite those needs," the former Poland farm boy and current Parke County Extension Director for Purdue University said. "My main question is, 'How can we get people engaged to help solve the problems?'"
Dem. Dale Grubb, who plans to retire at the end of his term, currently represents the 42nd District.
At which time, the district's boundaries will expand to include part of Clay County for the first time, including the City of Brazil.
The entire district will encompass all of Vermillion County, the majority of Parke County, with the exception of Jackson, Union and Greene Townships.
The new district also includes parts of Fountain, Warren and Vigo counties.
During the meeting, Spelbring shared a couple of his ideological perspectives pertaining to state legislation reform.
"Recently, at the state level, we've seen radical changes," he said. "We need responsible legislative changes versus radical changes."
Spelbring gave an example illustrating issues involving state public education reform he considers radical.
"Recent legislation involves taking money from public schools and giving it to charter schools," Spelbring explained. "Small schools are loosing funding and are consolidating into one school as a response to new state legislation."
According to the press release, many of last year's proposed legislation in the Indiana General Assembly are "a radical departure from common sense solutions based on small town values."
Spelbring said both parties should work toward bipartisan solutions for the "common good" so businesses and citizens can succeed without harming one another or the environment.
He added legislative issues being discussed are not the important ones.
"The two I saw on the Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) website were about class basketball and singing the National Anthem," Spelbring said.
Other Democrats attending the meeting, like Delores Johnson, expressed their support for the 42nd District hopeful.
"I agree. We need to get (Spelbring) in," Johnson said. "We need to get out there and get Democrats who don't vote to the polls."
Spelbring introduced himself as a Clay County man.
He graduated with Brazil High School's class of 1971 and is the son of Harold and Virginia Spelbring.
He and his wife, Linda Spelbring, currently reside in Rockville, Ind.
According to a press release, Spelbring has been a Purdue Extension Educator for 27 years, working in both Vermillion and Parke counties.
He has also served on planning commissions, helped to draft an ordinance creating a Vermillion County Economic Development Commission and said his proudest accomplishment is being part of the Parke County Learning Center board that helped establish the center, which is an Ivy Tech satellite location that has made higher education more accessible to Parke County area residents.