Letter: Candidate puts focus on Indiana schools

To the editor:

I am running to be a strong voice for common sense conservatism, and to be a representative that will protect all of our constitutional rights. As a priority, I would focus on our schools and education system.

Our state needs to address several matters that will impact our children and schools. Some of these issues are the future of ISTEP testing, the review and consideration of educational standards, teacher retention, school funding and charter schools.

In finding solutions to these challenges, I believe lawmakers should listen to the teachers, principals, administrators and other dedicated professionals who are most in touch and know what works and what doesn’t.

As an advocate practicing civil, criminal and family law, and being involved in representing two school districts, planning and zoning boards, sewage boards, conservancy districts and other smaller governmental entities, I understand how state law effects local government.

I also believe we need laws that create an environment for businesses to prosper, and to make sure our taxes are minimal and that tax dollars are spent wisely. My background and qualifications will give a needed perspective on a wide range of issues that face the legislature. I focus everyday on finding solutions to challenges and would be humbled if elected to do the same for the citizens of District 47.

John T. Young

Republican candidate for state representative,

District 47