EDITORIAL: We pick Niemeyer in House District 11

2012-10-25T00:00:00Z 2012-10-25T14:59:10Z EDITORIAL: We pick Niemeyer in House District 11 nwitimes.com
October 25, 2012 12:00 am  • 

In Indiana House District 11, voters face two good candidates -- Democrat John T. Hart and Republican Rick Niemeyer.

Hart has strong public safety credentials, having helped develop EMS trauma protocols for the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association. His perspective might be useful as Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation and health industry leaders discuss how to create a regional trauma center.

Among Hart's ideas are to require a 10 percent bid preference to Indiana companies (except where federal law forbids it) to increase jobs for Hoosiers, plus forbidding the use of credit scores in evaluating job candidates. Some very good candidates might have seen their credit suffer because of the poor economy, Hart pointed out.

Niemeyer said one of the ways to help create jobs is to be careful in creating regulations. "It just seems like we get more and more all the time," he said. Business leaders are reluctant to hire new people because of uncertainty over future benefit costs, he said.

Niemeyer also said that while the new right-to-work law was "just a piece of legislation that wasn't necessary," he would give it three or four years to see if it works.

As a Lake County Council member, Niemeyer knows how government works and local government needs. "We've just had a federal inspection on bridges, and it's not good," he said. Investment in infrastructure is important not just at the state level, but also for local government. And with counties getting less money from the state, roads and bridges suffer.

Both candidates seem to be moderates, which is a refreshing change from races where polarization has caused so much consternation.

As we considered the candidates in this race, we realized Niemeyer has an edge because of his experience in local government. But we hope Hart will run for office again.

We endorse Niemeyer in House District 11.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Featured Businesses

Submit a Letter to Editor

We welcome letters from readers on any issue of public interest, and make every effort to publish as many as we can and in a timely manner. The Times will publish only one letter a month from a writer, and be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number for verification. Letters should be 150 words or less. They will be edited.

Letters may be submitted:
  • Via our submission form.
  • Via e-mail.
  • Via fax: (219) 933-3249 or (219) 465-7298
  • Via mail or by hand to our offices:
    • 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321
    • 2080 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
    • 1111 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 3410 Delta Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    • Please mark envelopes with "Attn: Letters"


Email Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross or call (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357



Who do you support for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 1?

View Results