Nancy Michael, candidate for State Representative in District 44, announced today that her door-to-door efforts throughout the district reached a major milestone this week. To date Michael, along with supporters, has knocked on over 5,000 doors.
"It's important that I understand the issues and concerns on the minds of citizens in the community," said Michael. "The best way for me to find this information is by going directly to the citizens of our District."
Michael's campaign began their door-to-door efforts on June 1, with the goal of knocking 10,000 doors by Election Day.
"I have been reaching out to farmers, teachers, business-owners, and the community at large in an effort to ensure that I am working with everyone in reaching our common goals of providing the community with essential government services at the least possible cost to taxpayers," said Michael.
Michael has already toured the entire district, which includes townships in Putnam, Clay, Parke and Vigo counties.
"Without a doubt, jobs are cited as the top concern throughout the District," said Michael. "As Mayor of Greencastle, I brought jobs to the community and expanded existing business. I brought broadband Internet, which paved the way for future businesses to relocate and provided small businesses an opportunity to expand. I'll use the same commonsense approaches to create and retain jobs for District 44."
Michael believes that the State should not be giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and will work to ensure that State contracts go to create jobs for Hoosiers.
In addition to jobs and the economy, gas prices, and property taxes have been cited as issues of concern.
"The people I'm talking to say they're wallets are being stretched thin at a time when education, health care, energy and food costs are rising," said Michael.
Michael has been an outspoken critic of the sales tax on gasoline levied by the State. Indiana is only one of seven states in the country that charges this tax. The sales tax on gasoline is different than the gas tax, which goes toward the construction and repair of roads and bridges. The sales tax is a levy that has no specific allocation and goes directly into the State General Fund.
"If my understanding is correct, the State currently has a budget surplus. It remains beyond comprehension why the State would continue to burden taxpayers through a necessary commodity, particularly for citizens of District 44 who often travel outside of their community for their jobs."
Beyond short-term relief for Hoosier motorists, Michael has called on the State to take the lead in reducing our dependence on foreign oil by focusing on alternative energy sources, such as hydrogen, solar, wind, ethanol and other bio-fuels.
"It's important to me that the citizens of District 44 know that not only am I listening to their concerns, I am ready and able to produce real results for them," said Michael.
Nancy invites supporters to participate in her door-to-door efforts Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit her volunteer page at www.nancymichael44.com to sign up.
Nancy is a life-long resident of Putnam County and former mayor of Greencastle from 1996-2007. She has an extensive background and hands-on experience in local government serving Greencastle as well as a member of the Putnam County Council and Putnam County Clerk.