Area voters on both sides of the political aisle will be voting to select their candidate to represent them in Indiana House District 59 in this year’s primary election. Republican incumbent Milo Smith is facing two challengers from his own party, while Democrats will select between a local advocate and a BCSC educator.

We asked the candidates why they are running for office.

Smith says that it’s all about helping others…

Republican Ryan Lauer, who ran for State Representative two-years ago, says that he’s focused on the education of our children…

Republican Lew Wilson says that the state’s infrastructure needs more attention…

Democrat Bob Pittman says he is frustrated with state leadership…

Democrat Dale Knowlin says that, as a teacher, he is worried about what he sees in education…