State Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Crown Point, is facing a spirited challenge from Democrat Lisa Beck, an attorney who lives near Lakes of the Four Seasons, in the District 19 contest to represent east-central Lake and a slice of west-central Porter County in the Indiana House.
Beck is focusing her campaign on securing high wage jobs for Hoosiers, equal pay for women, anti-discrimination protections, well-funded public schools, more tools to combat the opioid epidemic and nonpartisan legislative redistricting.
The Crown Point native earned her bachelor's degree at Purdue University Northwest and a Valparaiso University law degree that she initially put to use as a deputy Lake County prosecutor, where she helped establish the Sexual Assault Response Team to aid victims.
Beck has pledged to use her experience, leadership and progressive values at the Statehouse to be a tireless advocate for the district's working families.
Olthoff is running for a third term on a legislative record that includes increased state funding for roads and bridges, more money for public education and greater financial support for domestic violence assistance and sexual assault prevention programs.
She also is a Region native and earned her bachelor's degree at Indiana University Northwest. Olthoff owns a marketing communications company and recently joined the board of directors at Fair Haven, Lake County's rape crisis center.
In 2017, Olthoff was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Indiana School Counselor Association for sponsoring a law that requires all middle and high school employees to be trained in youth suicide prevention at least once every three years.