ELKHART — The three hopefuls vying for the District 48 seat in the Indiana House have all received endorsements.
Jesse Bohannon received the backing of the Indiana Family Political Action Committee and Adam Bujalski received the backing of Mary Olson, a Republican member of the Elkhart City Council. Doug Miller received the endorsement of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, or IMA, and the group's political action committee.
All three candidates are Republicans.
In endorsing Bujalski, Olson offered praise on many levels.
"Adam is the future of our county and state. He understands the local issues that are often unfunded and difficult to implement," Olson said in a statement Tuesday, April 1. "He is a strong family man who has served his country and wants to contribute to a better world for future generations."
In getting the backing of Indiana Family PAC, Bohannon called himself a "very strong conservative."
“Earning the endorsement of the state’s premiere conservative, pro-family values organization is quite an honor, and humbling at the same time," Bohannon said in a statement Monday. "If elected to the General Assembly, I will be a strong voice for conservative family values and my votes and efforts will reflect that."
Patrick Kiely, the IMA president, cited Miller's home building background and an IMA press release noted the importance of manufacturing to the Elkhart County and Indiana economies. Miller previously worked for his father's home building firm then started his own, D.L. Miller Construction.
“In addition to his strong business background, Doug expressed to us his support for the recent cut in the corporate income tax rate, responsible personal property tax reform, right to work and other pro-manufacturing positions on energy and environmental issues," Kiely said in a statement Wednesday. "These are issues important to the manufacturing community.”
District 48 post covers northwestern Elkhart County. Rep. Tim Neese now holds the post but isn't seeking re-election.