Candidate offers transparency idea

Journal and Courier

Candidate offers transparency idea

David Sanders, the Democratic candidate for the District 4 congressional seat, pledged Thursday that he will not meet with any lobbyists without a constituent present — if he’s elected and sent to Washington.

Sanders is seeking to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Monticello, who is not seeking re-election. He faces GOP Todd
Rokita in the November election.

Sanders is a Purdue professor and Rokita is Indiana’s secretary of state.

In a news conference discussing the race Thursday, Sanders said it’s important to maintain transparency about his meetings with any special interest groups. He said it would be the burden of the lobbying group to pay for transportation of a Indiana constituent to attend any meetings with the congressman.

Sanders said there would probably be cases where he’d have to break his own rule, but his goal is to stick to the policy.