VINCENNES — After winning the May primary without an opponent two weeks ago, District 45 State Representative Kreg Battles announced his resignation from the seat and the campaign for re-election.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve House District 45 and House District 64 before that and an opportunity for which I’ll always be grateful,” said Battles. “But being a legislator is also a very selfish endeavor that forces a person’s family to take a back seat sometimes. With five grandsons becoming more active, I need to have the time to attend their activities. I don’t want them to feel that they have taken a back seat to anything. I want them to know they are my first and most important priority.”
Battles says he had been contemplating leaving the legislature for awhile. “I knew when I first started this eight years ago that it would come to an end,” he said. “My family had helped me get elected and they were willing to go back to work and help me run again. I just saw that with my grandsons getting more and more active that there would be a conflict. I didn’t want to have another 10 years pass and miss their lives because I was off working at the legislature.”
Battles was first elected to the legislature in 2006. Two years ago the General Assembly redrew the districts putting him against incumbent Republican State Representative Bruce Borders of Jasonville, in a district that included parts of Knox, Greene, Daviess, Sullivan and Vigo counties. Battles won the election by fewer than 900 votes. Until stepping out of the race both Borders and Battles had won primaries for their parties setting up a Battles-Borders II.
“I had pretty much decided before the primary not to run for re-election, but I didn’t want to make the announcement and create a bunch of confusion, so I waited until now,” explained Battles. “It definitely was not that I was afraid of a rematch. I’ve coached too many years and know you can’t ever go into something with the idea that you are afraid to lose.”