Flora councilman looking to fill seat of Ind. Sen. Randy Head, who retires Aug. 12

Photo ProvidedJake Adams (R-Flora) is running to replace Randy Head for State Senator in Dist. 18.

A Flora town councilman has announced his candidacy for the state senate seat in District 18, which is currently held by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), who is set to retire from the state legislature on Aug. 12 to become Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Pulaski County.

Jake Adams (R-Flora) has always felt a calling to serve. After nine years on active duty with the Marine Corps from 2005-2014, Adams moved back to Indiana with the goal of serving his community in a new capacity.

“At the time, it was all about serving my country,” Adams said. “Now, it’s about serving my community and my state. In order to be able to do that, I feel this is the role I need to be in.”

Adams grew up in Delphi and now lives in Flora with his wife of 11 years and three children.

A former communications specialist in the Marine Corps, Adams says it’s impossible to serve a community without first understanding its needs.

“It will be my goal, at any cost, to communicate with and listen to my constituents,” he said. “I have a passion for listening to other people’s thoughts.”

Adams has a belief system that he holds dear — one he believes many of the constituents in District 18 also share.

“I truly believe that the qualities I hold high in my life — being centered on church, family and community — are some of the same qualities that the majority of the constituents throughout the district hold,” he said. “In my short time looking at the opportunity to serve as a state senator, I’ve confirmed the fact that my beliefs and value systems align with the people of District 18. I feel I can serve and represent them in the right manner.”

The former combat veteran says he has no problems with handling stress or working under rigorous time constraints.

“Serving nine years active duty in the Marines, I tend to handle time constraints and stress quite well,” he explained.

Adams says he is a communicator by nature and works best as part of a team.

“If you can work well as a team and communicate — no matter what you do in life — I feel you’ll be very successful,” said Adams.

Adams currently works for Ivy Tech Kokomo as a workforce and community development consultant in addition to operating his own digital marketing company. He believes this experience has helped him to be able to relate to multiple generations.

He takes pride in helping small businesses expand their social media interactions.

“I take so much pride in these small businesses and these small communities,” he said. “Helping others modernize and get connected to society is the reason I started this in the first place.”

As the son of a lifelong factory worker, he says his father instilled in him early on the value of hard work.

“My dad is a Baby Boomer — I relate to that generation as well,” said Adams. “My dad is a mentor of mine and guides a lot of my decisions. I feel like I relate to cross generations because of the grounding instilled by my father and an upbringing that was in a different time than in today’s world.”

Adams currently sits on the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Chamber Council, the community advisory panel for NIPSCO and has plans to join the Miami County Chamber of Commerce Board in the next month. He also spent a year and a half as a member of the Indiana Economic Development Association.

These affiliations have allowed Adams to stay in touch with what’s going on in his community.

“Being associated with these organizations has allowed me to better understand some of the issues in my district,” said Adams. “All of these things parlay well into being a state senator. That said, my place belongs in the communities of District 18 and not in Indianapolis.”

Adams says his platform will emphasize job creation in an effort to increase income in the local communities of District 18. He’s sat down with companies all over the district to talk about workforce needs, challenges and job growth.

“We will concentrate on bringing jobs to the region that are above the median wage wherever we’re at,” he said. “Whether it’s state median wage, the local economic median wage — the goal is to increase the income in our rural communities. My focus is going to be on maximizing the impact on the local tax bases.”

The senatorial candidate wants to make sure that the economic conditions of Indiana’s small towns and cities are in a viable place for the future. He believes that north-central Indiana and District 18 can be a valuable contributor to the state’s economy.

Above all, Adams says he is invested in the people and businesses of his district. He said the joy the current representatives get out of serving their state drove his interest towards serving in a similar capacity.

“They have an absolute passion for what they do,” Adams said. “I’ve met so many amazing individuals during the exploratory stages of this process. That’s what makes this opportunity so exiting — I truly believe District 18 is in good hands down the road.”

In his spare time, Adams enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, as well as playing golf with his father. He’s an active member of the Flora United Methodist Church.

The state Republican Party is responsible for Head’s replacement for the final year of his term. As of press time, the party hadn’t set a caucus date.

District 18 serves Cass, Fulton and Miami Counties and portions of Carroll, Kosciusko and Marshall counties.

Reach Quentin Blount at quentin.blount@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5130.

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