Price won’t seek re-election

State Rep. John Price will step down from his position after serving two terms in the Indiana House of Representatives.

He announced this week that he will not seek re-election to represent Morgan and Johnson counties as a state legislator. His term ends later this year.

“This was not an easy decision to make, but now is the right time for me,” Price said in a news release. “I have been presented with a new business opportunity that will require a lot of time and travel in a three-state area. I pledged when I ran for District 47 that I would not serve more than two or three terms, and representing communities in Johnson and Morgan counties in the Indiana General Assembly has been a privilege in my life. While I have decided to not seek re-election upon conclusion of my second term, I do look forward to staying involved in the community.”

Last year, Price authored a bill to lift restrictions on the construction of Interstate 69, which allowed the Indiana Department of Transportation to select the best route for the highway, which will eventually connect Evansville to Indianapolis. Previously, the interstate was restricted from being built in Perry Township, so the highway also would not have gone through Johnson County.

Price, R-Greenwood, was elected as state representative with 71 percent of residents’ votes in 2012. Before joining the House of Representatives, Price was a Johnson County Council member and served as director of several county government departments and chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party.

Candidates can file for office until Feb. 5.