The Indiana NOW PAC has endorsed my campaign for reelection. I’m grateful for their unwavering support from my first campaign for Delaware County Council in 1992 to this campaign for reelection to the Indiana House of Representatives, District 34.
The NFIB Indiana Political Action Committee, comprised of small business owners throughout Indiana, recently notified me that they have endorsed my campaign for reelection. I’m proud and honored to receive this vote of confidence.
I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police representing their over 14,000 members. I’m humbled by State Lodge President William Owensby’s endorsement statement: “Seldom do we find a candidate of your caliber who has the leadership and integrity to carry out the duties as State Representative - District 34, for the great State of Indiana.” I have a lot to live up to in the eyes of Indiana’s men and women in blue!
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.