A week from today, voters in much of Bartholomew County will be deciding who will represent them in Indiana House District 59. Incumbent Republican Milo Smith is running against Democrat Bob Pitman.

Smith is running for his sixth consecutive two-year term. Smith talks about the qualities that he feels he brings to the job…

Democrat Bob Pitman says that he has leadership experience…

 

Over the past couple if years, Bartholomew County has had a difficult time getting its yearly budget together. A number of local officials have blamed state lawmakers for the county’s financial issues. We asked if there is merits to those complaints and what could be done, on the state level, to help local municipalities raise revenue…

Pitman says…

As for Smith…

 

Bartholomew County, like much of the state, is dealing with a growing drug problem. We asked the candidates why they think that is and what can be done, at the state level, to combat the problem.

Smith says that no one group has the answer…

Pitman says the state could do more…

 

Narcan has proven to be a life-saver for those who have overdosed, with law-enforcement many times administering the drug. We asked if the state should mandate that police be equipped with the drug and should the state pay for it?

Pitman says yes…

Smith says it is a local issue…

 

We asked if those who overdose and are repeatedly revived by police should face criminal penalties.

Smith…

Pitman gives his thoughts…

 

We asked if the federal government oversteps its authorities on issues best left to state and local officials.

Pitman says yes…

Smith says some federal oversight makes no sense…

 

We asked Smith what he hopes to accomplish over the next two years…

As for Pitman…

 

We asked the candidates if there was anything else that voters should know about them…

In northeastern Bartholomew County, Shelbyville Republican incumbent Sean Eberhart is running unopposed in district 57, while Republican incumbent Jim Lucas from Seymour is running unopposed in District 69 which includes parts of southern Bartholomew County.