Voters in Indiana House District 4 face two candidates who have served as state representatives — Democrat Greg Simms and the incumbent, Republican Ed Soliday. The latter is the better choice.
Simms, a teacher, wants to back off on education reform. "I'm not against change, but what I'm against is rapid change," he said.
He is also full of ideas, including encouraging Hoosier companies to bid on wind turbine components. Already, though, that is beginning to happen.
Simms' excitement is easy to see. What Soliday brings to the table is his deal-making abilities.
Soliday is analytical and looks for ways to make things work or, if the hypothesis isn't supported, to pull the plug on a proposal until it's ready. He gets things done.
"Guys, let's get some arguments that sell," he is fond of saying.
Soliday stepped in when the battle over the Little Calumet River levee system was being waged and brokered a deal that revamped the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission.
It was outside his district, but Soliday works for all of Northwest Indiana and all of Indiana. That's the kind of leadership Indiana needs in this district and in this legislative delegation.
Soliday sees the big picture in Indiana, including the need to work on infrastructure needs even as the Major Moves money is dwindling. "We've got to pave the roads. We've got to get people to work and goods to market," he said.
And while it might not be popular for a Republican to say so, Soliday is concerned about how the state surplus is to be used. No one knows where Medicaid is going after the next four years, and the Gyte Annex at Purdue University Calumet is falling apart. "You've got to fix those things," Soliday said.
The state also needs to look at prison capacity and utilitization, along with sentencing reform. Soliday knows the big issues must be dealt with.
We endorse Ed Soliday for state representative in Indiana House District 4.