Planning for future point of Republican campaigns
For Amos Thomas, the Republican candidate for state representative in District 44, winning the November election would be another stepping stone in continuing the family tradition in public service.
On Wednesday, Thomas met with the Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma at the Putnam County Republican headquarters to talk to residents about the House Republican's 12-point plan for Indiana's future.
All House Republican candidates, whether incumbents or challengers, have created 12 pledges on what they will do if they are elected. These are some the same pledges the candidate have been making with Hoosier voters for the past three months.
Some of these pledges include reform the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, getting tough on crime, cracking down on illegal immigration in Indiana and letting Hoosiers speak on traditional marriage.
Bosma said that he was quite pleased to have a team with such a comprehensive plan. He also commented that voters should ask the Democratic candidates seeking a seat in the State House about their comprehensive plan.
According to Bosma, the Democrats do not have such a plan for Indiana's future.
"House Republicans are the only team with a comprehensive plan dealing with the problems facing Hoosiers today," Bosma said.
This plan will also provide the next generation of Hoosiers with prosperity, security and opportunity.
Thomas said he was behind the plan and believes it will be beneficial to the district.
"Although I am new to the process, I am excited that we have already set a course for a new direction in this state and I am eager to join my House Republican colleagues to implements this plan and continue with the progress made over the last two years," Thomas said.
He also said that he believes he has the experience for the job and hopes to continue what his son, current state representative Andy Thomas, started.
Throughout his campaign, Thomas has had a humbling experience. He believes that many voters do not think the office of state representative is as important as an office for sheriff or county commissioner.
The office of state representative should be important to voters because the representatives determine the speed limits, the job creation environment and the laws on abortions and same-sex marriages.
Thomas told the BannerGraphic that his age has not been a hindrance to him throughout the campaign. He said he was in excellent physical and mental health.
"I am young at heart," Thomas said.
Thomas commented that there were some discussions about whether or not he was too old to be running for office. But he has had many elderly voters come and say they are happy he is running and will be speaking on their issues.
Bosma said that the legislature is a mixed bag of different ages and he believes that Thomas is prepared for and will do an excellent job for the district, which includes Putnam and Clay counties.
Thomas is running against Democrat Richard Thompson for the District 44 seat in the State House. Thompson's platform is providing quality education in a safe environment for children, supporting real, long-term tax reforms for homeowners, and fighting daylight-saving time and selling off state assets.