INDIANAPOLIS — Voters in Hammond and Whiting come November will have a choice in who will represent them at the Indiana House.
Democrat Carolyn Jackson, of Hammond, was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary election in her bid to succeed retiring state Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, and no Republican has filed to run in the general election.
But the Libertarian Party of Indiana last week nominated Marine Corps veteran Donna Dunn, of Hammond, as its candidate for House District 1.
Dunn won nearly 20 percent of the vote in her 2016 challenge to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary. She is optimistic
that she’ll earn even more votes in a contest centered on her hometown.
If elected, Dunn’s legislative goals include legalizing the farming and processing of industrial hemp to create Region jobs, promoting vocational education and seeking innovative ways to improve road construction and make it more cost-effective.
“For Hammond and Whiting to move forward, we must move away from the status quo that has left our economy stagnant and the middle class with fewer and fewer options,” Dunn said.
Jackson, the Democrat, is a retired probation officer who said “my passion has always been to help others.”
Her agenda calls for expanding prekindergarten education, subsidizing childcare costs, improving teacher salaries, encouraging greater parental involvement in schools, making targeted transportation improvements and attempting to mitigate the effects of climate change.