Republican candidates Dr. Larry Bucshon, Newburgh, and Andrew McNeil, Freedom, will face off Tuesday in the primary for the congressional seat in the 8th District.
Bucshon, the incumbent and a heart surgeon, first ran for office in 2010 because he felt there needed to be more non-traditional politicians involved. “I don’t like the direction our government is headed,” said Bucshon. “I want to finish the job I started in my first term and I want to keep moving the ball down the court. I’ve done what I’ve said I would do in office and I want continue.”
One of Bucshon’s hopes is to get government finance in order. “We’ve been able to control spending but we need stability in healthcare. Everyone is concerned about that. People have seen insurance raise drastically with the Affordable Care Act. We need to get the act repealed and replace it.”
Additionally, Bucshon has campaigned on a continually conservative platform and has been successful in passing legislation to help get veterans back in the workforce and improve transportation. He has also been working with constituent services to better help communicate with those living in the district.
“People need a voice and I still believe we need more non-traditional politicians helping with decision making,” said Bucshon.
McNeil worked at his family’s business McNeil Office Products for a number of years before beginning work at Ronnoco, a coffee company, as a territory manager in 1997. He resigned from that position early this year to focus on the campaign. McNeil and his family also own and operate a small farm where they raise lambs as well as have organic gardens.
Interaction with the voters is very key to McNeil’s campaign and he recently finished his 19 Days for 19 Counties tour of the 8th District. “We spent a day at each county and have tried to find some interesting spot or a place people are really proud of in each county,” said McNeil, adding that meeting the residents of the district has been most enjoyable for him. “I want to be available for the people in the District when they need a voice.”