Lehe emphasized that he will likely be one of just two farmers in the House of Representatives. Bill Friend, incumbent representative for District 23, is the other.
“I have the business experience with the farming and agricultural interests,” Lehe said. “I think that’s of interest to me and I identify with the small rural communities.”
He said 18 years of school board experience had given him insight to address education issues, too.
Evans graduated this spring with a chemistry degree and a minor in Spanish. He’s currently studying part-time through Indiana University’s School of Law.
“I think my age is an advantage because I have a lot of ambition, a lot of energy coming into it,” Evans said. And though he has yet to have a full-time job, he worked two part-time jobs most of the way through college.
Evans is also running his campaign on individual donations only, he said. According to his pre-election campaign finance report filed Oct. 19, he’s raised just $900 since the primary, compared to about $17,600 reported on Lehe’s pre-election filing.
“I want to do what’s best for the citizens of District 25,” Evans said. “I’ve stayed away from special interest money and union money and PAC money… so they don’t have influence in my votes. So I can think only of the people.”
• Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com or 574-732-5151.