ELKHART — A teacher at Elkhart Memorial High School plans to run for the Indiana House seat held by Republican Tim Wesco.
Jodi Buoscio of Osceola will run as a Democrat and plans to formally kick things off at a campaign event in the Dunlap area on Thursday, Jan. 23.
“I’m not a politician. I am a mother, an experienced educator and concerned citizen who believes that we simply can’t keep electing the same generic professional politicians,” Buoscio, the married mother of two, said in a statement late Monday. “The voters are telling me they expect more from Indianapolis.”
This will be the first bid for office for Buoscio, who teaches French at Memorial and has been an instructor for 18 years. Wesco, a social conservative who’s also from Osceola, was elected in 2010 and is in the middle of his second term.
In announcing, Buoscio lamented the “top-down” approach of some political leaders.
“We have seen the failure of elected leaders with limited vision trying to legislate from a top-down approach. I know what it’s like to roll up my sleeves and work hard,” she said.
She noted her “many years” working minimum-wage jobs to help pay for college, an experience that seems to have painted her views. Buoscio holds a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.
“I have been working since age 14, through high school and college, and I know what it means to live within a tight budget,” Buoscio said on her campaign website. “I believe that if you work 40 hours a week you should be able to afford housing, food, health care and save for your children’s education.”
Buoscio’s formal campaign kickoff will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Teamster’s Union Hall, 23383 U.S. 33, in the Dunlap area.