Mark Spelbring

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Mark Spelbring
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Candidate for
Indiana House of Representatives, District 42
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolBrazil High School
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Master'sPurdue University
Personal
ReligionMethodist
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Mark Spelbring is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 42 of the Indiana House of Representatives. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Spelbring's website has emphasized the following campaign themes:[1]

ECONOMY/JOBS – The FIRST thing the state MUST DO is get a handle on their finances. Having to return county economic development tax money a couple years ago meant the counties in District 42 had to do without hundreds of thousands of dollars for economic development. The state should empower and support local government efforts to support economic development and job creation, not harm local governments by withholding their funds!

I will work to focus attention on the former Newport army depot property and leverage this mega-site to bring business and jobs to District 42 while also seeking to protect our environment. I also believe our efforts for economic development should seek to build on our existing farm economy whenever possible.

The right-to-work legislation was a distraction, designed more to harm labor and certain groups than to create jobs. Supporters claimed it would bring jobs and that’s unproven. In fact, the Governor has been caught making false claims that certain companies have expanded because this bill passed. I will vote to repeal this divisive piece of legislation.

EDUCATION - Public schools should be supported and improved, not disrespected and destroyed. I believe some state leaders badmouthed public school teachers to create a climate where radical changes could be made. Public schools should not have funding pulled away to private and religious schools. When the state raised the sales tax and took over the school general fund, they took much of the control away from local school boards. This power grab has turned control of our public schools over to unelected bureaucrats in the Department of Education.

OTHER ISSUES OF CONCERN:

FAIR TAXES – Taxation has been a hot-button issue since the inception of our nation. The real issue is fairness in taxation and the responsible use of public funds. The tax burden for state and local government should be shared in a fair way that is easy to understand. The property tax burden being shifted to the landowner is quite dramatic. The state property tax levy freeze makes it harder for local governments to attract business. I believe government must be frugal and be responsible with taxpayer dollars.

AGRICULTURE – Agriculture is the backbone of this district. The property taxes on farmland are rising rapidly and will keep going up, having a dramatic effect on land owners. Any proposed regulation of agriculture must be studied to assure benefits outweigh the costs, and District 42 needs a representative who understands the concerns of farmers.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT – Some reforms to local government deserve careful consideration because times have changed but the goal should be to IMPROVE local government. For instance, the state could help support a training academy for candidates and elected officials to help them learn to do a better job, and help make government more efficient.

STOP THE SILLINESS – The state should not try to regulate the singing of the national anthem by high school students at ball games (proposed in 2012) or waste their time fighting over things that won't be helpful. There are serious concerns that need to be addressed and these distractions hurt the whole process.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Mark C. Spelbring was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Alan Morrison was unopposed in the Republican primary. Spelbring will face Morrison in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Spelbring ran in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 42. Spelbring ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by Alan Morrison (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Morrison 50.2% 12,788
     Democratic Mark Spelbring 49.8% 12,682
Total Votes 25,470

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