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Morrison speaks at meeting

Monday, February 20, 2012

Candidate for State Representative District 42 Alan Morrison spoke at the monthly Republican Club meeting Monday. [Order this photo]
On Monday, Alan Morrison wanted to talk about Abraham Lincoln.

Specifically, he wanted to talk about the Gettysburg Address, and how it was only 10 sentences long and less than three minutes in length.

"He said a lot in those 10 sentences," Morrison said. "He wrote it himself and he delivered it himself."

The Republican candidate for State Representative District 42 spoke with members of the Clay County Republican Club during the organization's monthly meeting.

Morrison was in the spotlight more than three minutes Monday, but managed to explain his desire to run for the position as well as his qualifications.

"I love this area," he said, adding he has lived here for 11 years. "This is my home, I can tell you that without a doubt. I want to be in the game. I don't like to sit on the sidelines."

Morrison is one of three Republicans vying for the seat. The others, Jim Meece and Bill Webster, also attended Monday's meeting.

"All three of us are running for the same spot, but we're all on the same team," Morrison said. "It's long overdue for District 42 to go red."

On Monday, Morrison said he did not want to speak to the packed house at the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center, but rather, with them.

He discussed the two main issues of concern for him, including jobs and the state's economy as well as education.

"There's no secret Indiana is not where we want to be on the jobs' front," he said. "The right-to-work bill will help.

"We have a huge amount of potential in this state. There are many opportunities there that we are close to realizing."

Morrison discussed areas of interest in District 42 where companies are looking to settle.

"Companies are on the cusp of coming to the area," he said. "We need an advocate for the area."

In regard to education, Morrison said it was important to work on changing the entire system.

"K through 12 is extremely important, but we must pay close attention to higher education and continuing education for adults," he said. "Every child deserves a quality education. Most of our schools in Indiana are doing great. But we have to continue to work hard."

Morrison said there are many programs available to help adults continue education and the state must do a better job of promoting them.

"We need to have an educated workforce to attract companies," he said. "We need to do a better job of educating people on how to use those programs."

In regard to higher education, Morrison said skyrocketing costs must to be monitored.

"It's tough to send a child to school," he said. "We need to look at controlling the tuition creep."

Morrison also fielded questions from the audience, most of which centered around education.

The Clay County Republican Club meets regularly on the third Monday of each month at the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center, 120 S. Franklin St., Brazil. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, March 19.

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