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Parke County resident wants to fill vacant seat

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

District 42 State Representative candidate Jim Meece (left) conducts an experiment with Aaron Buell, 11, during the Clay County Republican Club meeting Monday. Aaron is the son of Jennifer and Michael Buell, Bowling Green. [Order this photo]
Jim Meece taught at Turkey Run High School for 27 years.

He's also a Parke County Commissioner.

On Monday, his teaching skills came out during the monthly Clay County Republican Club meeting, which took place at the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center, 120 S. Franklin St., Brazil.

Meece asked those in attendance how long it would take to count to one billion if you counted 100 numbers per minute.

He brought 11-year-old Aaron Buell up to ask him the question.

The answer? Meece said it would take 87 years to complete the task.

Meece is one of three Republican candidates vying for the District 42 State Representative seat. The other two are Alan Morrison and Bill Webster.

"My concern is who is going to fill that seat," Meece said.

The seat is up for grabs after long-time State Representative Dale Grubb recently announced he would not seek re-election.

Meece said he knew Grubb well and, although they disagreed on many things, he spoke highly of him.

He also said he knows Morrison and Webster, but felt he was qualified for the job.

"It may as well be me making those decisions," Meece said. "I know (Morrison and Webster). But I'm running because I want to fill that seat and do that job."

On Monday, Meece told the crowd his decision to run for state representative was similar to when he decided to run for Park County Commissioner.

He felt like he could make the decisions as well as anyone else.

He said he's had interest in running for office at the state level in the past, but felt like now was the best time.

He added in order to accomplish goals, state legislators are going to have to reason through issues, something he said is currently lacking.

"District 42 is a huge area to cover," he said. "But I am involved in the community and always have been involved in the community.

"I'm not signing on to be a rubber stamp for anyone."

Meece also fielded questions from those in attendance.

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