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Thomas seeks District 44 state position

Friday, July 28, 2006

According to Amos Thomas, he has waited for the opportunity to run for state representative his whole life.

Thomas recently announced his bid, joining several others, to run for the District 44 State Representative seat.

The Brazil attorney is the father of current District 44 State Representative Andy Thomas. Andy Thomas, who is currently serving out his second term, recently announced he was not running for reelection, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and continue teaching at Ivy Tech Community College, Greencastle.

If elected, Amos said he plans to continue tackling issues his son worked on.

"The main issues in this campaign are attracting jobs, education, and assisting local government," he said.

"High priorities will be construction of the new Ivy Tech campus in Greencastle, and building an industrial park in the south half of Putnam County, possibly near the current Putnamville Correctional Center."

Amos added he supports the construction of the Putnam Ethanol plant and the Cloverdale Crossroads USA Arena and Expo horse arena, located in Cloverdale.

Amos said his political background consists of helping his family.

"I assisted my brother John when he was a state representative for 24 years and my son Andy for the last four years," he said. "I know how to get things done."

He has also worked as a town attorney for several towns, small businesses and a school corporation.

"I will be able to assist local government, township trustees, and schools with their immediate needs," he said.

Amos received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University. He attended college with his brothers, including John Thomas, former state representative, and Greencastle resident Henry Thomas.

Amos' wife, Mary, was also a guidance counselor at Cloverdale High School for seven years.

A Republican Caucus is set to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Putnam County Courthouse Annex to decide who will run for the position.

Others who will be vying for the spot on Wednesday include Putnam Count residents Darwyn Nelson, Ken Eitel and Kathy Deer, along with Clay County resident Fritz Maurer, and Parke County resident Jim Meese.

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