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Letter: Incumbents’ challengers all deserving of votes


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From: Deborah Perr

Columbus

Ryan Lauer, Paul Nolting and Jeff Logston are all outstanding men of high integrity with accomplished backgrounds, and now they share something else in common: They are all challenging incumbents in the Republican primary elections. Lauer is running for state representative, District 59; Nolting for Bartholomew County Council, District 4; and Logston for judge, Superior Court 2.

Some may believe the party appears fragmented when there are so many candidates and so many signs. The truth is, it may cause raw nerves here and there, but in the end, the competition serves its purpose. It allows a choice and keeps the interest of the people in the forefront.

It also creates the necessary checks and balances that keep politicians from becoming too comfortable and complacent and developing cozy relationships with special interest groups, lobbyists and large corporations.

After reading about the huge sums of money many incumbents have in their war chests, one wonders how anyone can challenge an incumbent on a national level without the support of those groups; however, on a local level, this is not necessary. Taking money from these groups should be discouraged because they obviously expect the politician’s support in return, and the politician may feel obliged to vote in their favor without thorough consideration of the interest of the people.

Lauer, for example, has not taken a single penny from special interest groups, lobbyists or corporations, and he is now a strong contender in his race. He has attended many events, and he walks door-to-door truly listening and connecting with people.

Rest assured, if you have voiced a concern to him, he will not forget because he has a sincere respect for all people, and you can feel it when you meet him. Because of this trait, he has the ability to bring people together or “reach across the aisle,” so to speak, without compromising his own conservative values.

Lauer has the propensity to excel and lead. He is currently the president of the Bartholomew County Council and the congregational chairman of Grace Lutheran Church. He is a senior engineer at Cummins and has a B.S. in biochemistry, a B.S. in mathematics and has completed all of the coursework for a master of science in chemical informatics. He was the co-founder of the “Save Eos” effort and the co-chairman of UnCommon Cause in 2012. He also plays a mean fiddle.

Lauer is a man who does what he says he will do, and he promises to work tirelessly to improve education, lower our taxes, attract good jobs and protect our privacy.

Ryan Lauer, Paul Nolting and Jeff Logston all have something else in common: They will each have my vote on May 6. I hope they will have yours.

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