May 29, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: We are represented well in Cass County

The accusations made in Monday’s article, district boundaries show lack of respect, caught my attention and were concerning to me as a former legislator and citizen of Cass County. I agree with Gordon in what he is saying about the people of our county: “The people here, for the most part, are hard-working, down-to-earth people who make up the salt of the earth.” For this reason, Cass County is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.

Having lived in this county and represented our community for 18 years of that time, I couldn’t be prouder to be represented by three outstanding people in our state Legislature. When I served as State Representative, there was always one other representative for our county. We both considered our responsibility to be to anyone from the county. Today all three of our county’s State Representatives – Friend, Lehe and VanNatter – work hard to fairly and accurately represent the residents of Cass County.

These representatives are not disconnected from the issues facing our region of the state nor have the district lines disrespected us and how we are represented at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. They have voted in accordance to our county’s needs and for the betterment of our state.

Just in looking at this year’s session, there were many beneficial things happening for Cass County. Farmers saw nearly $60 million in property tax savings because the Legislature put a hold on new land assessments in light of last year’s drought.

Local and state road money will increase. This is important given the rural make-up of our area to be connected to one another. I hope this considerable increase in funds enables us to better maintain our roadways and bridges and not have to turn any more roads to gravel.

All three of our state representatives are fighting for our interests in Cass County. It’s important that we stay engaged in the legislative process so that continues.

Rich McClain

State Representative 1994-2012


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