Meet the Candidates for Indiana House District 41

Meet the Candidates for Indiana House District 41

Two candidates are operating to signify the brand new Indiana Home District 41, which incorporates components of Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Clinton and Boone counties: Republican Marc Genda and democrat Greg Woods.

Genda, a Clinton County resident, is the proprietor of Genda Funeral Properties. Woods, a Boone County resident, is a buying specialist at Patterson Dental in Indianapolis. The seat is at the moment held by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), who introduced his retirement following the district’s 2021 realignment.

WFYI despatched every candidate the identical 5 questions to assist voters put together for early voting and Election Day, Nov. 8. They’re offered under, in alphabetical order.

Editor’s Be aware: Candidate responses have been edited for AP model and grammar, and all numbers used have been checked for accuracy. When a press release wanted additional clarification or couldn’t be independently verified, WFYI contacted candidates previous to publication. These instances, and these candidate responses, are famous all through within the Editors’ Notes.


Mark J. Genda

What do you suppose is probably the most urgent problem lawmakers will deal with within the subsequent legislative session?

Since starting my major marketing campaign, I’ve met with the residents of District 41 to listen to their ideas and issues by going door-to-door, holding casual rallies, and being seen and current in communities. They shared completely different opinions, but when there was a urgent problem, it will be authorities transparency and the flexibility to belief the work of presidency officers. I intend to be a consultant of all of the folks of District 41 and never solely make their voices heard on the Statehouse, but in addition hold District 41 knowledgeable of what’s occurring throughout the Statehouse. To me, that is widespread sense management.

Indiana colleges face many challenges, together with instructor shortages, racial achievement gaps, studying capability and declining school attendance charges. What do you see because the state’s principal schooling points and the way would you deal with them?

For the reason that starting of my marketing campaign, I’ve been a robust supporter of public schooling and this has not wavered. I’m a product of public schooling, like most of my constituents. I imagine we have to reconnect with public schooling by means of discussions between college administration, academics, mother and father and college students. Every group deserves equal respect within the face of the present challenges dealing with public schooling. All through the method, scholar success must be the only precedence. The state legislature is predicted to be the final group to affix this dialogue. As a state consultant, I’d help funding for considerate, accountable, and collaborative academic initiatives. The Hoosier youngsters deserve it.

Indiana lacks inexpensive housing stock, and communities throughout the state cope with landlords who ignore native well being and security violations. How would you deal with the dearth of inexpensive housing and state legal guidelines to guard renters from malicious landlords?

As a landlord, I hold my properties in circumstances that I want to dwell in myself. This has allowed a few of my tenants to remain in my properties for many years. If there are substandard homeowners, native well being and constructing officers must be required to handle these points. I do not imagine it’s the accountability of the state to control native points. We dwell in a free market nation. When housing is required, the non-public sector will construct it. It isn’t the accountability of the state to construct housing or regulate rents.

In latest legislative classes, state legislators have tried to manage native decision-making; two examples are wind turbine regulation and bail reform. How would you method problems with native management versus the state as legislator?

I imagine that the nearer the federal government is to the folks, the higher the federal government is for the folks. I help native authorities. The folks of Washington do not know what the folks of Indiana want, similar to Indiana would not know what the folks of District 41 want. Counties and cities additionally deserve their autonomy.

Indiana lawmakers voted to ban most abortions, with some exceptions for rape, incest, and sure severe medical problems and emergencies. Would you help the legislature revisiting Indiana’s abortion regulation? What would you modify?

All main points, corresponding to this, ought to at all times be capable of be reconsidered. I’d help any adjustments that almost all of District 41 would request. I don’t help a nationwide platform. I am right here to signify the folks of District 41.

Greg A. Woods

What do you suppose is probably the most urgent problem lawmakers will deal with within the subsequent legislative session?

I believe our public schooling system is beneath assault and this must be probably the most urgent problem we will work on collectively.

Indiana colleges face many challenges, together with instructor shortages, racial achievement gaps, studying capability and declining school attendance charges. What do you see because the state’s principal schooling points and the way would you deal with them?

We should give our colleges again to our educators. We have to give our educators again the respect they deserve. We should cease permitting outdoors sources to tear aside our public schooling system. We’re to show the scholar, not educate the trial. We have to begin paying our educators what they’re price and begin rebuilding and renovating our faculty buildings in rural Indiana.

To do that, I plan to make use of a lot of the taxpayer cash we are going to get from the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in Indiana. Till that’s achieved, we are going to begin with the $6 billion plus that the GOP is sitting on. I say to everybody I meet, if they do not keep in mind the rest, I say keep in mind this: “With out certified and revered educators in Indiana, we are going to by no means have a workforce expert and revered work in Indiana.”

Indiana lacks inexpensive housing stock, and communities throughout the state cope with landlords who ignore native well being and security violations. How would you deal with the dearth of inexpensive housing and state legal guidelines to guard renters from malicious landlords?

That is one other space I’ll battle for. Labor and transitional housing are each on the high of my record. The explanations are easy – I imagine having a roof over your head is a human proper. As such, to attain this, too many individuals are left with no choices and once they discover lodging they battle for the correct to remain. I blame our present administration for turning its again on its residents in favor of the landlords and companies that promote and lease a lot of the housing in Indiana.

Like our water and air issues, the answer is to implement rules and permit those that pays to “pay and keep”. In different phrases, put guidelines in place to permit tenants who pays even when they’re a month or two late to have the ability to keep. Additionally change the principles to forestall landlords from elevating lease through the agreed rental interval. I’d additionally suggest rules making it tougher for corporations like Zillow to drive away households who need to purchase properties by elevating the sale value simply to allow them to lease the identical dwelling. **We have to help the folks in our communities and maintain the homeowners who do unsuitable are accountable even when it means jail time.

**Editor’s be aware: WFYI requested for clarification on Woods’ claims about corporations like Zillow. He replied with the hyperlinks to tales printed by Market watch and Indiana Capital Chronicle to present context to his reply.

In latest legislative classes, state legislators have tried to manage native decision-making; two examples are wind turbine regulation and bail reform. How would you method problems with native management versus the state as legislator?

On the floor, these two areas appear to have little in widespread, however in actual fact, I see an even bigger drawback. The state desires to manage every part it may well as we noticed with SB1 and HEA1300. None of those horrible legal guidelines assist anybody besides the particular curiosity teams who feed the viral majority with their cash. The bail reform invoice, which I’d name a bail denial invoice, ought to by no means have handed. Not permitting official charities to assist those that would in any other case stay in jail for months or years till they see their instances tried, deprives them of their rights beneath the Sixth Modification.

With regards to wind generators, as I am an enormous proponent of inexperienced energy, I at all times suppose native communities ought to have a voice. However in terms of infrastructure that may profit everybody, the state should prepared the ground and guarantee rules are in place to assist management the method from begin to end. The necessity for one of these know-how is so nice that I might be pushing for the state to prepared the ground and present native communities the way it’s achieved by powering every part from county courthouses, state buildings and college campuses, demonstrating the protection and environment friendly energy of inexperienced power.

Indiana lawmakers voted to ban most abortions, with some exceptions for rape, incest, and sure severe medical problems and emergencies. Would you help the legislature revisiting Indiana’s abortion regulation? What would you modify?

I totally help bodily autonomy and imagine that nobody, particularly a person, has the correct to inform a girl what she will and can’t do together with her physique. By passing this draconian regulation, now we have taken three million Hoosier ladies and women and made them second-class residents. Simply because SCOTUS was too cowardly to make his personal choice and let the states determine does not imply now we have to agree with him and the vast majority of Hoosiers do not. Revisit and repeal, sure.


Find out how to vote in Indiana:

Vote by mail Deadline: October 27, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (native time in impact).
Election Day is November 8 and yow will discover your polling place on the Indiana Voters Portal.

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