VanNatter runs for another term as State Rep
Incumbent Republican Heath VanNatter has announced his candidacy for Indiana State Representative for District 38 (see map), which includes the eastern portion of Carroll County. He is being challenged in the Republican Primary by Kokomo resident Stephen A. Wilson and David E. Brown of Zionsville.
VanNatter is a lifelong resident of Howard County. He resides in the western portion of the county with his wife and three children. The VanNatters attend Faith Church of Christ in Burlington.
VanNatter has owned and operated VanNatter Construction, a homebuilding and rem odeling company, for the past 14 years. He served as the 2007 president of the Howard County Home Builders Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the Indiana Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. Van- Natter said his role on the board has helped him develop a keen understanding of the local and state economy plus provided valuable insights into what creates a stable environment for job creation.
VanNatter said he made the decision to run for state representative again to continue to serve his community and constituents. He said he believes that as a state, “we can do better.” As a small business owner and local employer, the candidate said he understands the struggles facing the economy. As a homebuilder he said he has seen firsthand the challenges facing families and small businesses. His goal is to play an active role in economic development, specifically job creation.
VanNatter was first elected to House District 38 in November 2010. Since that time, VanNatter said he has been working hard to promote his values.
“We don’t need more taxes, spending or ‘solutions’ from the government,” VanNatter said in a press release. “We need to focus on smaller government, individual liberty and lower taxes. These are the things that will provide economic stability and create jobs for our friends and neighbors.”
“I have a 100 percent Pro Life voting record,” he continued. “I am a NRA member and have a 100 percent voting record protecting our constitutional right to bear arms. I have also worked to promote policies that will support our local farmers.”
Political newcomer challenges incumbent
Kokomo resident and teacher Republican Stephen Wilson has filed to challenge the incumbent in the May 8 Primary Election to be the local area’s representative in the State House of Representatives. Stephen A. Wilson, who has taught school for 23 years, is a naturalized United States citizen from Kingston, Jamaica. His family moved to the United States in 1970 and lived in Warsaw. He attained U.S. citizenship in 1986.
Wilson graduated from Warsaw Community High School, achieved a Bachelor ’ s degree and a Master’s degree in 1994 from Indiana University, both in Spanish. He is a married father of two elementary, schoolaged children.
Wilson said he is running for office because he wants accountability with public money. He said that more than 50 percent of the State budget is spent for education. He objects to the school voucher system established by the State. Wilson said because voucher money is tax money and in the current system, that tax money is managed by people on boards who are not elected, therefore it represents a loss of local control of those dollars. Wilson said he is “frustrated” with educational funding.
“They call it reform, but it’s really just cost reduction,” he explained. “There is too much government intrusion. I feel from the school teachers’ perspective, there is far too much intervention by the State in the system.”
“I am not afraid to learn and I am not afraid to be a voice either,” Wilson said.
The candidate said that he firmly believes in local control and does not believe in a tax and hoard system of government. Wilson said he would be in favor of the establishment of a local oversight commission which would report to the county level of government about how appointed boards are functioning and how they benefit taxpayers.
Candidate unable to represent district
It should be noted that David E. Brown is listed with the State Elections Division as a candidate for State Representative for Dist. 38. It appears that Brown, who gave a Zionsville address on forms submitted to the State, does not live in District 38 and would be unable to represent residents of the district. A telephone call to Brown by the Comet to clarify the situation was not returned.
According to the State Elections Division, because no one challenged his candidacy, Brown’s name will appear on the ballot for the May 8 Primary Election in Carroll County.