The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s non-partisan political action program (IBRG) has endorsed my 2018 re-election campaign. In his notification letter, Chamber President & CEO Kevin Brinegar pointed to my “leadership and voting records in support of a pro-jobs, pro-economy agenda” as the basis for the endorsement. I am honored to receive the IBRG's support.
I've received the first endorsement of my 2018 re-election campaign! It's from the Brothers and the Sisters of the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana PAC. It means a lot to have the support of these firefighters who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. I thank them for their support!
In mid-June, Sue and Mary Dollison helped construct a new house with Habitat for Humanity's Women Build. The house dedication will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 6:00 pm, at 509 N. McKenzie in Muncie, when we collectively celebrate as Will and his family receive the keys to their new home.
Women Build offers a great opportunity to come together as part of a community providing affordable housing for our neighbors!
INDIANAPOLIS - In her second session as a state representative, Sue Errington (D-Muncie) pushed multiple bills to the governor’s desk, including her work on transportation funding and recycling reporting in Indiana.
As a member of the Indiana House Education Committee, Errington focused on legislation aimed at creating solutions for schools facing economic hardships. She coauthored House Bill 1062, which allows schools suffering at least a 10-percent loss in revenue in their bus transportation funds to gain greater ability to manage their funds in order to fill in the gaps.
“Early in the session, there was a push in my community for legislation to protect the transportation systems for schools while not dumping the burden on tax payers,” explained Errington.
““This bill will help keep the buses running in Muncie, as well as other school systems, at no additional cost to taxpayers. It simply restores flexibility for schools to manage their funds to avoid the crisis that was facing the Muncie School District.”
Errington also pushed to the governor legislation that requires every individual who recycles materials generated by two or more people to report to the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on the amount of material they recycle.
The legislation will allow them the option to report annually or quarterly. Errington believes it will help to reach the state goal of recycling 50 percent of all municipal waste.
“We need to get a better look at exactly how much our state is recycling. Without any system of reporting, we would have had no way to know whether or not we were reaching the goals we set for the state,” said Errington.
According to a recent study by Ball State's Bowen Center for Public Policy, if Indiana were to increase the amount it diverts from waste to recycling by just 25 percent, the state could see the creation of 10,000 new jobs.
Errington plans to continue her work throughout the summer in order to implement effective ideas aimed at assisting Hoosiers who need the most help.
“Throughout this session I think we have all learned the importance of bipartisanship and cooperation when it comes to helping Hoosier communities,” Errington said.
“Though opportunities to improve the lives of our constituents were frequently passed over, specifically regarding schools and public health concerns, I’m proud that I was able to be part of some of the cooperative bipartisan legislation that will begin to address many concerns throughout the state.”
Delaware County voters will send two well-qualified candidates to the Statehouse this fall in House Districts 34 and 35.
We can say that because all four of the candidates seeking those two seats either have experience serving in Indianapolis, or have the potential to represent the interests of voters in this county.
But there are two candidates — Sue Errington and Melanie Wright — who clearly stand above their opponents and have earned endorsements from The Star Press editorial board.
• District 34: In the District 34 race, Democrat Sue Errington faces Republican Brad Oliver.
Errington earns our endorsement.
Errington lost her bid for re-election as a state senator two years ago. She didn’t give up on local issues, however, and was equally — if not more — active on the local scene. She has maintained her visibility in the community and community-oriented causes. The time spent out of office, we believe, will make her an even better state legislator.
Errington remains a positive voice for the community. In fact, it is not unusual to hear her mention her opponent in a positive light. In a statehouse that is rife with partisanship, she will be a lawmaker who can reach across the aisle, and perhaps more importantly, others will seek her out because of the respect she commands.
Oliver and Errington both say jobs and the economy are the No. 1 issue. Oliver would like to see a moratorium on regulations that could harm business until the full impact is known. Errington would like to see some regulations made uniform from county to county.
Errington is willing to look beyond jobs by saying the state lags behind others in “value” areas such as education. She warns against the danger of education reform being mandated from the top down as local control is removed.
She also warns against placing too much emphasis on student performance through standardized testing, and says funding private education through vouchers is wrong.
As a member of the minority party, Errington looked for common ground and compromise. If elected, she would likely continue to be a minority in the Indiana House. She will need to use those skills again to be an effective leader. She can make a positive difference for Delaware County.
MUNCIE — Democrat Sue Errington and Republican Brad Oliver agree, for the most part, on what the major issues are in their race for the Indiana House District 34 seat.“Jobs and education,” said Errington, formerly a state senator and member of Delaware County Council.
“Without question, jobs and growing the economy,” said Oliver, a first-time candidate.
When it comes to social issues, however, there is little common ground.
In an Indiana Right to Life questionnaire, Oliver — associate dean and education unit head at Indiana Wesleyan University and a former Muncie Community Schools administrator — indicated he felt abortion should never be legal, under any circumstances.
Errington is a retired Planned Parenthood official.
She cites her experience — both in community involvement over the past four decades and her earlier stints as a public official — that would allow her to “hit the ground running” in the Indiana House.
“I have served in the Indiana Senate,” she said. “I’ve worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle. ... As a senator, I was in the minority. If I wanted to get something done, which I did, I had to work with Republicans. So I look for issues where we can come together.”
While he hasn’t been a candidate before, Oliver said he didn’t believe “the real of public policy is new to me, per se.”
He spent two years on the Indiana Professional Standards Advisory Board.
“I always had an interest (in politics),” he said. “I made a commitment to be a dad first. I finally decided I have the credentials (and) the timing is right.”
Errington — unseated from her Senate District 26 seat by conservative Republican Doug Eckerty in 2010 — notes that she was that race’s leading vote-getter in the precincts that make up House District 34, which includes most of Center Township.
In May, she defeated two other candidates — including Dave Walker, strongly supported by the local Democratic Party’s central committee — to win her party’s nomination to the House seat.
While she shares a downtown headquarters with other nominees affiliated with the Team Democrat dissident wing of the party, Errington said she’s seen no evidence that mainstream Democratic activists are working for Oliver.The Republican, meanwhile, said support he could receive from “socially conservative Democrats” is the wild card in the District 34 race.
Democrat Dennis Tyler had represented the district for six years when he resigned from his House seat last January to become Muncie mayor. Veteran Democrat Mike White was appointed to serve the remainder of Tyler’s term, but White wasn’t a candidate in this year’s election cycle.
Republicans didn’t field a District 34 candidate in their party’s May primary. Oliver was appointed as nominee by GOP precinct committeemen in June.
Pledges to support economic development in the Muncie area, and to work to improve the state’s education system aren’t all this year’s House 34 nominees have in common.
Both have expressed concerns about a growing lack of civility in politics, and their own race has not been marked by personal attacks or accusations.
During the Delaware County Fair, both Oliver and Errington were upset when a punching bag bearing President Obama’s image was set up outside the GOP tent.
Oliver eventually left the fairgrounds with his supporters, not returning until the punching bag was gone.
“I don’t agree with our president’s views, but he is the president of the United States,” the Republican said. “I felt like I didn’t have any choice. ... I try to do the right things, and that’s what I’ll do at the Statehouse.”
Errington said her pursuit of civility could help stem the bitter partisanship that has disrupted recent House sessions.
“(That is) the way I go about things, in a calm manner... looking for ways to work with other people,” she said.
Hoosiers for Public Education Endorses Sue Errington
Sue Errington, the Democrat candidate for Indiana House of Representatives in District 34, has received the endorsement of Hoosiers for Public Education.
Hoosiers for Public Education is a bipartisan political action committee that supports the election of candidates for Indiana office of any party who support exceptional academic achievement for all students through Indiana’s public schools and oppose privatization of public schools through vouchers, tax credits and other means.
“We selected candidates to endorse based on either their long-time support of public education or for their responses to our questionnaire on public education and privatization issues,” said Joel Hand, co-chair of Hoosiers for Public Education.
“Supporting candidates who stand up for public schools is essential, because if Indiana continues the current rate of school privatization, we won’t have public schools left to defend,” said Craig Hartzer, Hoosiers for Public Education co-chair. “Public schools are an essential piece of our democratic system.”
Hoosiers for Public Education did not make endorsements in every race on the November ballot. The political action committee chose 16 candidates in its first round of endorsements; additional endorsements may follow.
For more information visit www.HoosiersForPublicEducation.org.
Hoosiers for Public Education is a bipartisan political action committee that supports the election of candidates for Indiana office of any party who:
· support adherence to Indiana’s Constitutional provisions to provide public education;
· support exceptional academic achievement for all students through Indiana’s public school programs and public school educators;
· focus public tax dollars on the K-12 education of public school students;
· oppose private school vouchers and tax credits for private education;
· oppose for-profit managers taking a profit from operating public schools; and
· stand against the privatization of public schools through any other means.