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.