WARSAW — There will be another candidate in the race for the District 22 seat in the Indiana House.
Michael Stinfer of Warsaw plans to run as an independent, vying along with Republican Curt Nisly and Democrat David Kolbe, he said in a press release Friday, July 18.
Stinfer described himself as conservative and Republican and cited political discord among GOPers and Democrats in making a bid. In vying as an independent, he garnered around 330 signatures on petitions to secure a place on the ballot, according to his press contact, Melissa Rone.
“There are strong beliefs on both sides that sometimes cause us to stop listening and stop working towards solutions. Not only does this set a bad example, but it can cause people to quit caring and disengage from the whole process,” Stinfer said in a statement.
Nisly, a conservative Republican, defeated incumbent Rep. Rebecca Kubacki in the GOP primary last May. Kubacki had come under fire from Nisly and others for her vote earlier this year as a lawmaker against a proposal to ban same-sex marriage, among other things.
In announcing his bid, Stinfer offered plenty of bipartisan overtures. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and now serves in the Indiana National Guard.
“I’m a conservative, but to be clear, this is not a Democratic seat or a Republican seat. It is the people’s seat,” he said. “My vision for our community is to have a leader that listens first and serves accordingly. I’m in this race because our community deserves better.”
District 22 covers extreme southern Elkhart County and the northern half of Kosciusko County, including part of Warsaw.