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August 31, 2013

Jasper doctor enters race

JASPER — A Jasper physician has declared his intentions to run for Indiana House Dist. 63 in 2014.

Dr. Richard Moss said in a press release Friday he will run for the Republican nomination for the house seat next May. District 63 covers Daviess and parts of Martin, Dubois and Pike counties. Current Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, has announced he will not seek re-election.

Moss said in the release he wanted to follow Messmer’s example if elected to the seat.

“I hope to continue in Rep. Messmer’s footsteps of conservative representation,” Moss said. “My campaign is focusing on conservative leadership that puts the people of southern Indiana before the special interests of Indianapolis.”

Moss is an ear, nose and throat surgeon with offices in Jasper, Washington and Tell City, serving on the medical staffs of Memorial Hospital in Jasper and Daviess Community Hospital in Washington. He is also an adjunct clinical professor at Indiana University’s department of Otolaryngology.

“As a local doctor, I’m in touch with hundreds of local citizens every week, and I focus on listening to their needs and concerns,” Moss said. “Likewise, if elected, I recognize that my role is to listen to the people and stay true to the values that we all share.”

In addition to his medical practice, Moss was the founder of Bronx Bagel in Jasper and is a columnist for The (Jasper) Herald. He is also a blogger of state and national politics and is the writer of two memoirs, one is soon-to-be published. He is married with four children and live in Jasper.

Moss joins Jasper businessman Mike Braun on the ballot for the GOP nomination. Messmer decided not to run for District 63 as he will seek the District 48 state Senate seat. Current Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, has decided to retire.

“I look forward to kicking off my campaign for state representative and interacting with the voters of Dist. 63,” Moss said. “My campaign will focus on grassroots politics, and the voters can expect to see me in their communities.”

As of Friday, no Democrats have announced intentions to run for the District 63 seat.

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