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4 vie for southern House seats

Posted on Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

Indiana House districts 22 and 82 in the southern part of Elkhart County will have four candidates on the ballot on Nov. 6.

Competing in the House District 22 race are Republican incumbent Rebecca Kubacki and Democrat John Bonitati. The district covers most of Kosciusko County and Locke, Union and Jackson townships in Elkhart County.

The race for House District 82 is between Republican David Ober and Democrat Mike Wilber. The district includes all of Noble County, parts of LaGrange, Whitley and Allen counties as well as Benton Township in Elkhart County.

Kubacki, who lives in Syracuse, has been in office since 2010. She supports Right to Work legislation to facilitate job growth. On social issues, Kubacki is conservative, describing herself as pro-life and believes marriage should remain between a man and a woman. She is a member of the National Rifle Association and supports gun-owner rights. Other top issues for Kubacki include improving education and fighting against the use of methamphetamine and other drugs.

Bonitati, Kubacki’s challenger, wants to stop cuts to education and put an end to private school vouchers. Unlike his opponent, Bonitati would like to see Right to Work legislation repealed. Bonitati is interested in making sure agencies, like Child Protective Services and the Cardinal Center for people with disabilities, receive adequate funding. He would also like to cut taxes for the middle class and hopes to make the state a leader in green energy research and technology.

Ober, who lives in Albion, is a web developer at Cirrus ABS in Fort Wayne. He supports lowering to corporate tax rate, removing heavy regulations for businesses, keeping Right to Work legislation alive in Indiana and providing “top tier” education for Hoosiers. He also names fiscal responsibility and holding government leaders accountable as a couple of his top priorities.

Wilber, Ober’s opponent, is president of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 and a volunteer firefighter at the LaOtto Fire Department in Noble County. Wilber wants to see more tax dollars dedicated to early childhood education programs and stronger environmental regulations. He also hopes to attract better paying jobs to the state. He opposed the approval of Right to Work legislation.