Democrat Announces House District 68 Run
By Mike Perleberg
(Brookville, Ind.) – A new candidate has announced his intentions to run and represent a portion of southeast Indiana at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
During a Democrat Party fundraising dinner held Friday, November 8 in Brookville, Rick Gill announced he will run for the party nomination in House District 68.
“My whole life has been dedicated to service to my community and my nation,” Gill tells Eagle 99.3. “I’ve been interested in running for some time.”
A Franklin County resident, Gill is retired from the Indiana State Police in 2011 after a 26 ½ year career. His time with the state police followed more than seven years of active duty with the military, which he continued to serve as a reserve member of the Indiana National Guard after joining the state police. Gill has previously served two terms as Franklin County Coroner and is currently in his first term as a member of the Franklin County Community Schools Board of Trustees.
Gill said he will soon form an exploratory committee then formally file to run for the Statehouse in January.
District 68 is currently held by Republican State Rep. Jud McMillin, a fellow Franklin County resident and attorney. McMillin is in his second term.
“I’ve heard the comments on the things happening at the state level,” Gill said. “I’ve known Jud for a long time and respect him for putting his neck out there. I just think I can do better.”
Gill said the top two issues he is concerned with are bullying in Indiana’s schools and education. He said he opposes the state voucher program, which uses public funds to help families pay tuition to private schools.
House District 68 is composed of parts of Dearborn and Franklin counties, as well as the entirety of Union county.