Richard Thompson, a Parke County farmer, is running for state representative in House District 44. District 44 encompasses all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Parke, Owen and Morgan counties.
Thompson is a 25-year Jackson Township Trustee and is a carpenter/millwright.
Thompson's primary interest is to bring jobs back to District 44. He is against privatizing in Indiana and the outsourcing of local jobs.
Thompson believes Indiana needs to put it's own people to work.
"I am excited about the prospect to represent the communities throughout House District 44," Thompson said.
"I feel it is time to have someone at the State House who will vote for this community's interests. I promise to research the bills that I will be voting on to make sure that they benefit the people in my District."
Thompson is also interested in protecting public schools and educators and is against the Property Tax Cap bill.
Thompson said the district needs a strong advocate to protect and serve communities and to promote good paying jobs, fund public schools and support teachers, emergency and state workers and senior citizens.
"I've been privileged to serve the people of Parke County for 25 years," Thompson said. "I am not afraid to stand up to the State when it comes to representing the wishes and concerns of the people in District 44."