Rick Brown wrote the following letter in response to the Herald Bulletin's Senior Reporter Ken de la Bastide’s column on March 4, 2018. It was published on March 12, 2018.
On nearly every major issue important to Hoosiers, our state government has hit a brick wall. Instead of ensuring that our state has a fair way to determine how district lines are drawn and how voters are represented, leaders in the General Assembly wouldn’t bring legislation to a vote. Despite the recommendation of a study committee and many concerned citizens to reform this process to make it open and nonpartisan, no progress was made.
The reason? In this fall’s election, 125 seats in the General Assembly are up for election. Our elected officials believe that partisan posturing and showmanship will earn them more votes in November than bringing home results.
It may not always be politically savvy for them, but we need our representatives to rise above partisanship. Our community has serious issues that need to be confronted, not just used as political talking points. It’s easy to maintain the status quo, but we need someone to step up and take the more difficult path.
It’s time we start electing candidates whose primary concern isn’t a political party or personal agenda, but the people they represent.