Letter: Waltz fights for Hoosiers, needed in Washington

To the editor:

We have an opportunity on May 3 to send the first Johnson County citizen in almost 100 years to Congress. That person is Brent Waltz. Our neighbor and friend is running in the Republican primary to represent the 9th Congressional District of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brent is a 1992 graduate of Center Grove High School. At the age of 16, Brent became an Eagle Scout. After high school, Brent graduated from Wabash College with a major in history and a minor in political science.

Brent also knows how to succeed in business, helping start a company in a living room in 2001 that today has expanded to offices in 14 cities throughout seven states.

Brent doesn’t give lip service to conservative values and democracy, he lives them. While serving as a member of the Johnson County Council from 2001 to 2005, Brent was known as a fervent guardian of taxpayer dollars while at the same time making sure essential government services like law enforcement had what they needed to do the job of protecting our citizens.

While serving in the Indiana Senate since 2005, Brent has not been swayed by big money or special interests. Brent followed the will of the people he served by opposing any version of Interstate 69 that would displace his constituents from their homes.

When others wilted and backtracked after intense political pressure for enacting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Sen. Waltz voted against the so-called “fix” because he knew the original law was enacted to avoid and not encourage discrimination.

In today’s political atmosphere, people are fed up with politicians who repeat talking points to their constituents to get elected then get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests once we vote them in.

Brent Waltz has established a solid record throughout his career of fighting for the people, and he has just the kind of Johnson County common sense we need in Washington.

Rob Seet