GOP gubernatorial candidate Brad Chambers returns to Logansport ahead of primary

May 3—In February, 5 of the six GOP candidates for governor of Indiana met in Cass County for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by the Cass County Republicans. While on the town, the Pharos-Tribune had the chance to sit down with candidate Brad Chambers.

Now, lower than per week out from the primary, Chambers returned to Logansport Wednesday to discuss his marketing campaign and plans if elected.

Born and raised in Indiana, Chambers graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is the one candidate for governor who has not run for workplace earlier than, however he not too long ago completed his two-year time period because the Secretary of Commerce. Chambers created the 5E imaginative and prescient plan for the state’s financial future, and is a founding and board member of the Buckingham Foundation, in accordance to

How has your marketing campaign been going?

Chambers: We’ve been crisscrossing the state, [we’ve] been throughout, over 300 stops statewide, assembly Hoosiers and listening to voters and taxpayers, understanding considerations everywhere in the state. So, we really feel like we’re introducing. I’ve by no means run for workplace earlier than, as you recognize, I’m new to this, however ensuring that voters know who I’m and introducing myself.

You’ve been touring rather a lot on your marketing campaign. Are there any locations or landmarks which have actually stood out to you?

Chambers: That’s an ideal query. You know, I’ve loved each place, and I’ve been north, south, east and west. I’ve actually gained an appreciation for a way distinctive Indiana is in each neighborhood, proper? So, each neighborhood’s bought its personal completely different fashion and taste and hopes and goals and what I’ve actually loved is knowing that extra clearly and understanding the complete array of Indiana. It’s been enjoyable.

Have the residents of Cass County come to you with extra points?

Chambers: No, I believe what we talked about after I was right here final in February is fairly constant and fairly frankly, it is constant statewide. It’s ‘we’d like to go to work on property taxes’ and we’re going to do this. We’re going to go to work on vitality prices, persons are involved about vitality prices, proceed to develop the economic system in all counties, which we have been doing. I did that as Commerce Secretary, however we’ll proceed to do this. So, preserve centered on rising the economic system, and addressing rural healthcare can be an enormous concern that we would work exhausting on.

How do you intend to handle the problems of property taxes and rising the economic system?

Chambers: So, property taxes wants to be reevaluated. It’s been a bit… a minimum of over 10 years because the property tax construction’s been evaluated. And so, I’d go to work on determining how to guarantee that our evaluation system is extra constant from county to county, that it is extra clear so folks perceive assessments. Right now, rather a lot of folks simply do not perceive. And then you definitely take the highs and the lows out of our property tax progress, however you additionally bought to be aware of the income that generates for native communities. So, there’s rather a lot of work to do on property taxes and rising the economic system is sort of my specialty. You know, I, as Commerce Secretary, delivered over $50 billion with new improvement, new funding to the state over two years. And so, I imagine there’s extra to do, however you bought to go play to win, you bought to go get the economic system that is good for Hoosiers, and I proved that I can do this and convey extra excessive wage jobs to Indiana. And I might do precisely what I began to do and that is why I’m operating for governor. I used to be Commerce Secretary for 2 years, and I would like extra time to proceed to develop the economic system.

In Cass County, there’s a big inhabitants of folks from completely different international locations. Has anyone expressed concern to you over the inflow of folks from overseas international locations or any points which will include that? What are your ideas on these points?

Chambers: [Illegal immigration is] a failure of the present administration. It’s a failure of our senators and our congressmen who haven’t put forth any management on the border. There’s 10 million those that have come throughout our border illegally, and that has turn into now a state downside, proper? You know, Eric Holcomb despatched down women and men in our guard to defend the border, that is now a price to our state and it is placing our folks in danger. We have unlawful immigrants discovering their method to Indiana. And so, as governor, I might foyer very, very aggressively with our federal companions to get a decision to the border to cease unlawful immigration. Legal immigrants, and our nation is based on authorized immigration, authorized immigrants are as annoyed with the unlawful immigration as anyone. And so, we have to get a deal with on it. We have fentanyl pouring throughout the state strains. And in my Protect and Serve public security plan, we handle how we’d assist native communities on fentanyl. So, in regard to your query, we’ve got bought to get a deal with on unlawful immigration. I might be very robust on that as governor.

If elected, what could be the very first thing you’d do?

Chambers: Property taxes. That could be the highest of the agenda in 2025, constructing an ideal staff, reevaluating all authorities infrastructure to ensure that it is working effectively. It’s been 20 years since Mitch Daniels was in workplace. He was the final enterprise man to be within the governor’s workplace. It’s time for a CEO, it is time for somebody from outdoors of authorities, from outdoors of politics, to be in cost. And so, property taxes after which ensuring that authorities is environment friendly and actually evaluating each company of authorities to do this.

Is there the rest you want Cass County readers to know?

Chambers: Second time right here, you recognize, and Cass County’s necessary to our financial future. It’s necessary to our agriculture, our agricultural heritage is entrance and middle in rising the economic system. Agriculture touches 85% of our Hoosiers, proper? It’s 83 to 85% of our economic system or our landmass is agriculture, it is both farmland or forest. And so our AG, we’ve got a really proud AG heritage, and we’d like to proceed to develop that and supply assets. Property taxes [are] an enormous situation for farmers, proper? And so, ensuring AG is entrance and middle in what we do, coping with property taxes, ensuring that we preserve the EPA and we preserve some of the bigger federal companies out of Indiana could be one thing I’d be centered on and that will have an effect on Cass County too. And develop the economic system, deliver extra companies right here, create extra startups right here, extra entrepreneurs, small enterprise homeowners right here.

Any closing ideas on the race earlier than the primary?

Chambers: I might ask if Cass County voters are all for recent eyes, in the event that they’re all for a CEO within the governor’s workplace, then I might ask for his or her assist and are available out and vote May 7.

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