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Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress Tom Hayhust, left, talks Saturday night at the Thomas R. Marshall dinner with Whitley County Democratic Party Chair Scott Allison.
As a former pulmonary care physician, Tom Hayhurst plans to bring his experience from the health industry and his work in free clinics in the area ‚ÄĒ including one he co-founded ‚ÄĒ with him to the national office if he takes the race as the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District in Indiana.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve done a lot of good things there with a very tight budget. Someday we‚Äôll figure out a way to pull free health clinics like that into the overall plan for health care in the United States,‚ÄĚ Hayhurst said.
He says national representatives need to stand up to special interest for ‚Äúmiddle class America.‚ÄĚ
With the right people in office, he believes legislators can change the direction of the nation.
‚ÄúTo heck with the pundits, I believe we can change the direction of the country and bring back some common sense while we‚Äôre at it,‚ÄĚ Hayhurst said.
He said he‚Äôs tired of ‚Äútalking heads‚ÄĚ on television telling people throughout the country how this election will end.
Although he‚Äôs vying for a national spot, he urged those at the Thomas R. Marshall dinner Saturday to not forget the importance of local races in the county and state.
As someone who could occupy a national seat, he said he will be a voice for Northeast Indiana in Washington, D.C.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm going to fight for jobs. I‚Äôve always said, ‚Äėjobs, jobs, jobs.‚Äô The three most important words in this entire campaign,‚ÄĚ Hayhurst said.
Among his plans are ways to treat veterans fairly, and create tax cuts for the middle class and businesses.
The race for the Statehouse
The Democratic candidate vying for the 83rd District‚Äôs seat in the Indiana Statehouse has his sights set on how to keep Indiana‚Äôs services handled by people in the state and how to keep the state‚Äôs investments with Hoosier banks.
Contracting the state‚Äôs services for Hoosiers to private companies, some of them outside the state, is a major issue for Wray McAllister, who faces Republican candidate and local resident Kathy Heuer.
‚ÄúThey call it privatization. I call it ‚Äėpiratization,‚Äô‚ÄĚ he said.
The lease of the toll road, shifting the state‚Äôs FSSA services to the private sector and making bad investments with pension funds are just some of the issues on McAllister‚Äôs agenda.
‚ÄúIf we send a service like FSSA out of state, the only jobs we keep are the absolute lowest-paying jobs,‚ÄĚ he said.
If elected, he said he would try to stop jobs from leaving the state as much as he would fight to bring them to Indiana.
With 30 years with UAW at the GM plant in Fort Wayne, McAllister wants to offer solid jobs for Hoosiers.
‚ÄúI know that one job means more than just wages for one man or one woman, because all of that money gets spent, and re-spent and re-spent, and the whole community benefits,‚ÄĚ McAllister said.
Getting control of Indiana‚Äôs legislative chambers is a priority for McAllister, who feels some of the worst decisions were made in recent years when the Senate and House were held with a Republican majority.
He hopes with new blood in the Statehouse, interests of those beyond Marion County will be served.
The financial man at the top
It‚Äôs an office which may not garner the attention of local congressional and state races, but for Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana Treasurer is one of the most important offices in the state.
‚ÄúThis office that most of us have never even heard of is unbelievable important to the economic future of our state,‚ÄĚ he said.
With billions of dollars overseen by the Indiana Treasurer, from public pensions to education funds, the Democratic candidate for the position hopes to reverse some of the practices of the current treasurer, Richard Mourdock, including investing money from the toll road lease in mortgage-related investments and others Buttigieg considers ‚Äújunk bonds.‚ÄĚ
Even with money from the toll road lease invested in banks, many of those investments went to banks outside Indiana, something Buttigieg feels should be done locally so Hoosier banks can offer loans to small businesses in the state.
One of his plans is to create a hotline to the treasurer‚Äôs office for customers of banks outside the state in case they have problems with their bank.
As for bad investments at the state level with finances, the outsourcing of work by state offices has removed people from the situation who should have the most involvement with the investments.
When it comes to the receipt of federal stimulus money, Buttigieg accused Mourdock of using his own disdain for the Obama Administration for not accepting money to help save jobs in the state.