Gaustad Will Challenge Lyness For Statehouse
By Mike Perleberg
Matt Gaustad has filed to run for the Democratic nomination for Indiana House District 68. Photo provided.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – A Dearborn County resident has filed to challenge Republican State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) in this year’s election.
Matt Gaustad officially filed to run for the Democratic nomination in House District 68 on Wednesday. He had announced in May 2017 that he was exploring the possibility of entering the race.
Gaustad lives in Hidden Valley with his wife, Tricia, a local educator who serves as the chairwoman of the Dearborn County Democratic Party. Together they have seven children and own a small business.
According to his announcement of candidacy, “Matt is running for State Representative because he cares about his friends and neighbors. He wants policies that will help all of us. Having been in the skilled trades for years, he knows that Hoosiers are working hard to provide for their families and build a future. However, decisions made in Indianapolis have not provided a level playing field. He will fight for good, reliable jobs that a family can live on.”
“Matt’s children that have gone through public schools. He’s seen the damage done by money leaving our area in the form of vouchers and our kids being over tested. He knows we need to bring our tax dollars back home; investing in making our schools state of the art. Innovative schools not only prepare our children for the future but revitalize neighborhoods.”
“Matt has seen the needs of our senior citizens; Hoosiers that grew up understanding the value of hard work, honesty and perseverance. They deserve a secure retirement with dignity. Protecting health care and retirements benefits will be a priority for Matt.”
A successful Statehouse run by Gaustad would be impressive. House District 68 is heavily Republican, exhibited by Lyness’ 75-to-25 percent win over Democrat Jake Hoog in the 2016 general election.
The seat has not been held by a Democrat since former state representative Jud McMillin defeated Democratic incumbent Bob Bischoff in 2010.
No Republican has filed to challenge Lyness in the May 2018 primary election as of yet, according to the Indiana Secretary of State’s Election Division.