Letter: Indiana a swing state?

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Editor,

Indiana can be a swing state in the upcoming election, with the opportunity to retain Joe Donnelly in the Senate and elect Dee Thornton in House District 5 to replace Susan Brooks.

Donnelly is a moderate Democrat who readily works across the aisle when it is in the best interests of Hoosiers. He stands up for what he believes is right, not what’s politically expedient. Thornton has stated that a top priority will be to “get back to being a team” in Congress. Both understand that the role of elected officials is to reflect the views of their constituents, and both share Hoosier ideals: affordable health care for all, sensible gun laws, initiatives to protect our environment, humane immigration policies, and restoring relationships with our allies around the world. 

Thornton has traveled the fifth district extensively in recent months and meets almost daily with citizens. Incumbent Brooks allows little time for her constituents and rarely asks what we think. Why would she? She has voted 98.8 percent of the time with Donald Trump, acting as a rubber stamp for everything he stands for instead of reflecting Hoosier views and values. Is that the person we want representing all of us?

Votes for Donnelly and Thornton will help ensure that Indiana plays a major role in what happens in Washington, D. C., in the years to come.

Jean Deeds

Indianapolis


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