A Goshen-area Republican, Curt Nisly, plans to vie for the District 22 seat in the Indiana House, dissatisfied with the incumbent, Rebecca Kubacki, also a Republican.
“I look forward to truly representing the values of the people of District 22,” Nisly said in a statement. “My approach of limited government with an emphasis on local control will more accurately represent the concerns of the voters in this district.”
Nisly’s campaign singled out Kubacki’s position on state legislation last year related to national Common Core educational standards, a focus of intense criticism from some conservatives who view the guidelines as federal meddling. Kubacki opposed a delay in implementation of the national standards, said Nisly’s media contact, Pam Galloway, while Nisly favors standards crafted with local input.
Galloway also said the proposal to amend the Indiana Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage will also likely be an issue. Nisly favors the proposed amendment, still a focus of debate in the Indiana legislature, while Kubacki has expressed mixed sentiments over the matter.
Kubacki, who’s from Syracuse, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. District 22 covers Locke, Union and Jackson townships in southern Elkhart County, including Nappanee, and part of Kosciusko County.
Nisly, the husband of Elkhart County Republican Chairwoman Mary Nisly and operator of a computer tech firm, has a history of sounding off against Republicans he doesn’t view as sufficiently conservative.
Last year he said he was mulling a Republican challenge to U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski in the 2014 elections, in part due to dissatisfaction with what he viewed as her moderate positions on some matters. Walorski’s vote in October against a measure to end the federal government shutdown — which a majority of lawmakers ultimately passed — tempered his opposition.
Nisly didn’t delve into those details in his formal statement, though, focusing more on his family and business experience. Nisly lives in Jackson Township, just south of Goshen.
“A person has to be level-headed to run a small business,” he said in his statement. “My common-sense approach to running a business and raising a family will serve my constituents well at the capital.”
On the same-sex marriage question, Nisly favors amending the Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, effectively prohibiting same-sex marriage, according to Galloway.
Kubacki has said she views marriage as the union of one man and one woman but that she’s leery of re-writing the Constitution over the matter since Indiana law already defines matrimony as such. She also worries about the cost of a possible legal challenge should the Constitution ultimately be altered.
Galloway said moves in the Indiana legislature to pose new requirements on church-run daycare centers could also emerge as an issue in a possible Nisly-Kubacki contest.