INDIANAPOLIS — State Reps. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, and Bill Fine, R-Munster, have filed paperwork with the secretary of state to run for re-election to the Indiana House.
Brown, whose House District 3 includes Gary, Lake Station and New Chicago, said his experience serving as a state representative since 1982 makes him ideally suited to help address the public health, education and social justice issues facing Indiana.
"I believe we have worked together well to bring to our Region a renewed commitment to make the future something to embrace rather than fear," Brown said.
"Ongoing attacks on public education and a failure to address very real economic and health care needs demand our attention going forward."
Fine is serving his first two-year term representing House District 12 residents in Munster, Highland, Griffith and Hammond.
He said his role in securing additional revenue for Region schools through changes to the education funding formula, helping to find money to pay for South Shore commuter rail expansion to Dyer and working this year on a comprehensive roads plan are among his top accomplishments.
"I want to continue this momentum and build on the progress we've made," Fine said. "I'm hopeful that voters will value these tangible returns as a vast improvement from past state representatives. We are all tired of their empty political promises."
Brown so far is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination and in the general election. The filing deadline is Feb. 5.
Fine is unopposed for the Republican nomination, but likely will face former state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, in the November general election.