BY KEN HARTMAN
David Sanders cites one major point of division between himself and Todd Rokita, his opponent for a seat in the United States Congress.
“Jobs are the number one thing people are worried about,” said Sanders, the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s 4 th District seat, during a visit Thursday to Frankfort. “We have been repeatedly asked about jobs on numerous occasions. His (Rokita’s) response was ‘I’m going to lower your taxes.’ I [agree that lower taxes can have a] major benefit, but he’s only going to be one of 435 representatives. I’m here for my district and I believe I can help bring jobs to Indiana and to the district.”
Sanders and Rokita, a Republican, are running for the position being vacated by the Rep. Steve Buyer’s retirement at the end of this term.
In Frankfort, Sanders believes the industrial park gives the city an advantage over comparably-sized municipalities. He said companies like Caterpillar are investing in railroad technology and he foresees a revolution ahead in railroad technology with both passenger and freight rail services.
“I’ve been to Frankfort numerous times and I’ve often thought about the trains that go through town,” said Sanders. “There has been a railroad relocation project in Lafayette that has made it a much better and much more desirable place to be from a business standpoint. I’ve thought about whether Frankfort might benefit from that sort of a project.”
Sanders added Frankfort is in a position where it could have both local and national import significance because of its solid manufacturing base.
“Because of the infrastructure, we don’t have to invent manufacturing,” said Sanders. “We have to retool it and we have that capacity here. I believe this area can be a big service to the entire state.”
Sanders said he would be happy to meet with civic organizations and those with the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce to find out how he can help.
Sanders has been traveling through the state, meeting and listening to people. He added he has already been door-to-door in nine of the district’s
Sanders said he will be in the Clinton County Fair parade on Sunday, be at the Hot Dog Festival at the end of the month and the Senior Expo at the end of September.
“My goal between now and the election is to reach as many people as I can,” said Sanders. “I feel that if people get to know me individually, they are going to vote for me. I am a congressman that cares about this district.”