Fidler announces bid for District 44

Monday, January 15, 2018
Kim Fidler

Unhappy with state leadership, Kim Fidler will be running for state representative in District 44, which covers all of Putnam, and parts of Clay, Parke, Morgan, and Owen counties, in the May primary.

Fidler will be making her second run at the position, filing for the spot on the Democrat primary ballot.

For too long, she says, “our communities have received too little attention from our current representatives” – something she plans to change.

She is the mother of two, Chelsea and Denny Fidler. She graduated from Cloverdale High School in 1986 and from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish in 1990 and a Master’s Degree in Spanish in 1996.

Fidler was a high school Spanish teacher at South Putnam for 16 years, until 2006. She has worked for the Indiana State Teachers Association for the past 11 years. She has worked with teachers, administrators, school board members, secretaries and custodians in 35 different public schools. She has worked with various legislators in Indiana for the past 27 years.

In the legislature, Fidler vows to stand up for our local community – and against high taxes.

“Over the past year alone, Indiana saw 45 new taxes and fees, in spite of an alleged surplus. In the face of an ongoing opioid epidemic, our rural hospitals are suffering from budget cuts,” she said. “Our current legislative delegation has supported these tax increases and are not planning to address the opioid epidemic until 2019.”

Fidler said she will work to address these issues in the Indiana House of Representatives.

She chairs the Putnam County Democratic Party and is a member of the Putnam County League of Women Voters.

Fidler is a member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter. She serves on the board of directors for Spencer Pride and as an interim director for the Putnam Pride Initiative.

By speaking to local officials throughout District 44, Fidler said she has “learned about the complete lack of communication from our legislative delegation.”

“This is inexcusable,” she said. “If they do not respond to locally elected officials, it is no surprise that they do not respond to constituents.”

Fidler has lived in Putnam and Owen counties for her entire life. She plans to focus on local public education, farming, healthcare, infrastructure and the problems created by the opioid epidemic.

“The people of District 44 deserve a state representative who will stand up for our community,” she said, vowing to “fight for all of us – not for a political party.”