When Republican State Representative Mark Messmer decided to run for the Indiana Senate he created a vacancy for the District 63 seat in the Indiana House. Now, a pair of men from Jasper are squaring off in the Republican primary hoping to fill the seat that covers parts of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
One of the candidates is Dr. Richard Moss, a physician with practices in both Washington and Jasper. The other is Mike Braun, the owner of a distribution business based in Dubois County. Both men point to their backgrounds as reasons voters should support them.
"As a practicing doctor that sees patients every day it gives you a chance to be in touch with people," said Moss. "I deal with a cross section of rich and poor, those that are struggling, and those that are making it. It puts me in a unique position to learn about issues and insight into issues that can be turned into policy."
"I have served on a school board for the last 10 years," said Braun. "Over the last 10 years, we have addressed all of the issues that face public education. As a businessman who now has 600 people working for his company, I understand how the state can help with the creation of even more jobs."
While both candidates call themselves strong conservatives the real separation may be the things they want to focus on if elected.
"This race is all about education, health care, roads and creating jobs," said Braun. "I'm a strong proponent for public education and will work to keep education healthy. I believe we can do more as a state to use market forces to drive down the cost of health care and separate Indiana from Obamacare. Roads and transportation are a real hindrance to economic growth in this area. I-69 has been good for this area. There is still a big need for improvements in Dubois County and a four-lane highway connecting I-69 to U.S. 231 in Dale would help even more."