A two-term township advisory board member from Monroe County has entered the race for State Representative in District 62. Amy Swain, who is on the Advisory Board for Indian Creek Township, has filed as a Democrat candidate in the district that covers two precincts in northern Daviess County plus parts of Greene, Monroe and Martin counties.

“Having lived in a rural Hoosier community for more than 20 years, I believe that rural residents are often left out of the conversation at the Statehouse,” said Swain. “And I will bring that perspective to the job.”

Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Swain’s entire adult life has been spent in rural south-central Indiana and Monroe County.

While serving the residents of Indian Creek Township as a two-term elected member of the township board, Swain voted to restore fire protection and emergency medical services to a centrally located fire station within the township. After leading a three-year process that included public meetings, tax studies and appearing before the county commissioners, the bipartisan township board ensured the township continues its protection in tight fiscal times.

“By taking necessary steps to join with neighboring townships in a fire district, the township will be better staffed, including full-time protection for fire and emergency services, and will be able to purchase newer equipment to protect its citizens,” Swain said.

Swain wants to take her experiences on the township level to the state level. “I have worked for people on the township level for the last seven years,” said Swain. “This will be at a higher level. People in rural Indiana, people in Elnora and Odon, need a voice in Indianapolis. I believe this is a competitive district and I want to represent everyone, not just the Democrats. I will give everyone access and listen to what they have to say.”

Swain’s substantial community involvement includes the Grace Center Food Pantry, Girl Scouts and the Harrodsburg Lions Club. She also worked with the Exchange Club in many capacities, including as a national board member and trainer. “I was employed with nonprofit groups, such as the YMCA, where I worked to enhance the health of the community and reduce expenses while increasing engagement. While at the Boys and Girls Club, I saw firsthand that serving youth truly benefits everyone. I plan to make education and healthcare for Hoosiers a top priority when elected” said Swain. “I also volunteered for programs with these and other organizations, as volunteerism keeps our communities vibrant.”

Swain’s degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University provided the foundation for her vast experience with both for-profits and nonprofits, helping them to succeed. “I learned about the value of small businesses, where most jobs are created, while working in advertising and leading a team of representatives for many years, helping those businesses to get the word out so they could prosper,” Swain said. “I believe if you help others be successful, you also succeed.”

Swain is not the only person in politics in her family, her husband is the Monroe County Sheriff. “Our family is very involved in public service,” she said.

She points to education and health care as important issues she wants to work on in the legislature, but they aren’t the only issues.

“I feel our parents and teachers should have their views heard when we make changes in education,” said Swain. “On health care, we need to make sure people get what they need in terms of affordability and level of care. I also want to listen to the people of the district and act as their advocate. I’m willing to research the issues to help come up with the right decision.”

Swain is a member of the North Central Church of Christ, and resides on a farm in southwestern Monroe County. Contact her at amy@swainforstaterep.com, visit www.swainforstaterep.com or on Facebook @swainforstaterep.

FYI

Amy Swain is the first Democrat to enter the race, and currently has no opposition in the May primary.

Republican Jeff Ellington of Bloomington is currently the District 62 Representative. He has filed for re-election and at this point faces no opposition in the primary.

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