Indiana House and Governor Elections

The political conversation in the United States right now is focused almost entirely on the November 3 Presidential Election, which will see incumbent Donald Trump pitted against Democratic candidate Joe Biden. There will also be two often-overlooked but extremely important votes on the same ballot: who will be your state’s governor, and who will represent your congressional district in the House of Representatives?

 

Governor Eric Holcomb is up for re-election this year. He was elected in 2016 and has made it his goal to improve Indiana’s economy, education, infrastructure, addiction problems, and government efficiency. Indiana’s economy has strengthened significantly since his election, especially in foreign investment.

 

Holcomb’s opponent is Democrat Woody Myers. The former Indiana State Health Commissioner supports public education, climate change preparation and considerations such as green energy, gun reforms, and healthcare reforms.

 

Along with the Senate, the House of Representatives makes up the Legislative branch of the Federal Government. There are 435 members of the House, with each state receiving a share of representatives based on their population. Representatives are elected every two years and hold the power to, “initiate revenue bills, impeach federal officials, and elect the President in the case of an electoral college tie,” according to whitehouse.gov.

 

Students at Lebanon will be a part of either the 4th or 5th Indiana Congressional District, with most falling in the 4th. The 4th Congressional District’s current representative and the incumbent in the election is Republican Jim Baird. The 75-year-old Purdue graduate is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and is heavily involved with promoting Indiana business and agriculture.

 

Baird’s opponent is Democrat Joe Mackey, the founder of a children’s cancer foundation. He is an advocate for clean energy, improving underprivileged schools, and the end of the for-profit healthcare system.

 

The 5th Congressional District is currently represented by Republican Susan Brooks, who is not running for re-election in 2020. The Republican candidate this year is Victoria Spartz, a real estate and farm owner who has campaigned largely on her opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

 

Spartz’s opponent is Democrat Christina Hale, a former Kiwanis executive who was John R. Gregg’s running mate in the 2016 Indiana gubernatorial election. She previously held the office from 2012 to 2016 and runs on a platform of lower healthcare costs and improved education.

 

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