Former Lake County councilman will seek Indiana House seat
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspondent January 28, 2014 4:34PM
Jim Wieser | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: March 3, 2014 2:51PM
Long-time municipal attorney Jim Wieser has announced he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the 15th District House seat held by State Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville.
Wieser on Tuesday said he will file his candidacy papers in Indianapolis by Monday. The district includes Dyer, Schererville and St. John and part of Griffith.
He previously served two terms on the Highland Town Council and one on the Lake County Council and has acted as legal adviser to several municipalities and elected officials with his firm Wieser and Wyllie in Schererville.
The decision to run came after much soul searching and encouragement and support from families, friends and neighbors.
“Now is the time. I feel compelled to do it,” Wieser said of running again for public office. He said he stepped away from political life to raise his family and now that his three children are older (the youngest is a college freshman), it was time to serve again.
“I’ve always stayed active. I’m committed to public service,” Wieser said.
Working as a municipal attorney, he’s dealt with people on both sides of the political aisle.
“I believe my experience as a town councilman in Highland and as a former president of the Lake County Council provides me a unique perspective on how to govern efficiently and effectively for the benefit of my constituents,” Wieser said.
“At the same time, the 15th House District deserves to have an individual who will advocate on behalf of its residents and voters and introduce and pass meaningful legislation.”
Wieser said is has been a while since he has been a candidate for public office.
“But I bring with my candidacy a renewed sense of energy, enthusiasm and purpose.”