Column: Muncie must have a voice at the majority table in the Indiana Legislature

As this 2020 Election Day approaches, I reflect on my many years of involvement with you: the Muncie community. No experience thus far has compared to knocking on your door and talking face to face (while masked, of course) about what you would like to see for the future of Muncie.  I hear your love and hope for our city and your expectation that elected officials at all levels are working for you.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is why I am running: “I love Muncie!” While I do realize there is currently a supermajority at the statehouse, I pledge to do what is best for Muncie, regardless of partisan politics. In this post COVID economy and as we recover from the prior administration, Muncie deserves to be recognized. In order for us to recover and grow Muncie must have a voice at the majority table.  I am ready to be that voice.  As your elected State Representative, I promise to…

  • Focus on diversity and inclusion by representing and fighting for people of all backgrounds. We are only “a more perfect union” when all people are equal and free from prejudice. I pledge to support legislation that is comprehensive in removing discrimination from our state.
  • Work hard for education. In order to prepare young people for a successful future, education must be a priority from cradle to career and beyond. As State Representative of District 34, I will work to address the needs and challenges facing K-12 students, educators, and schools in order to impact the workforce of tomorrow. Education is the most powerful tool that an individual can possess. As your state representative, I promise that I will use my experiences and voice to advocate for our students, parents, families, and educators.
  • Make a top priority of job creation as we strive to bring jobs to our area. Many of these jobs require advanced technological skills, certifications and licensing. We must provide the education and training for the skills we need to succeed. Workforce development is crucial to ensure that we have people who have the right skills at the right time.
  • Fight to bring tax dollars to our district to support repair and/or replacement of our aging infrastructure. If we are to reach our full potential as a district, we must provide a good first impression to prospective businesses. We must also provide long-term quality of life improvements to current residents.
  • 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year to be a small business owner. Entrepreneurship is the bedrock of our nation, state, and local community. Our small businesses — our neighbors — are hurting. I will do everything in my power to support them, in and out of the Statehouse, during this time of critical need.

As you head to the polls or cast your absentee ballot, I ask for your vote, Dale Basham, Indiana House of Representatives, District 34.

Dale Basham is a Republican candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives, District 34.