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The choice for Indiana House District 4 voters is so clear — so easy — we nearly forgot to endorse in the race.

But re-electing incumbent state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, is too important for anyone living in the Porter County legislative district to ignore.

Strong leaders sometimes must make potentially unpopular decisions — doing the right thing for the most people, even if some decry the effort.

Soliday embodies that quality and so much more.

Soliday stood firm in backing a small gasoline tax increase to ensure the long-term solvency of one of our state's most important and vital assets — its roadways.

Crumbling, pockmarked pavement had been making the Hoosier state the butt of crater-sized pothole jokes throughout the Midwest.

Beyond the chiding, poor transportation infrastructure threatened the economic future of our state.

Soliday's steadfast push for a long-term fix has navigated a better direction for our state's highways and byways.

Soliday also enjoys the support and respect of top state leaders, including Gov. Eric Holcomb.

That Holcomb has referred to Soliday as a legislative "rock star" during meetings with our editorial board should come as no surprise.

Both men embody bipartisan and fiscally sound leadership qualities that continue to carry our state forward and place us on sterling financial footing.

While Soliday remains true to fiscally conservative values, he also understands nothing changes for the better in our state without investment.

He has joined with U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, in shepherding the transformative commuter rail expansion investment from the state and federal government.

Even with all of his accomplishments, Soliday's work isn't finished.

He's earned the right to continue.

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Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.