State House candidates differ on school vouchers

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The two candidates for state representative in District 59 of the Indiana House of Representatives differ on key points of funding education, the largest budget item state lawmakers address when crafting Indiana’s biennial spending plan.

Incumbent state Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, is seeking another chance to have a say on issues that affect schools and students. But to return to the Indiana House for a sixth consecutive term, Smith will have to defeat Bob Pitman, a longtime advocate for Bartholomew County senior citizens.

Pitman, the retired executive director of Mill Race Center, is challenging Smith in the Nov. 8 general election for the District 59 seat, which represents western, southern, central and part of northern Bartholomew County.

Please read Thursday’s edition of The Republic for a full preview story and candidate Q&A grids.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.