Soliday holds edge over Simms
By Christin Nance Lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org November 6, 2012 9:38PM
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:22AM
State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, fought off a stiff challenge from former District 10 State Rep.
Greg Simms to capture his fourth term in the General Assembly.
With more than 83 percent of precincts reporting, Soliday held a 52 percent to 48 percent edge over Simms.
“I think Greg Simms worked really hard, and he ran a very positive campaign,” Soliday said. “It’s really an honor that the folks appear to have re-elected me. And hopefully as House infrastructure chairman we can continue our work on the state’s roads.”
Soliday, who has served in the House since 2006, said the state’s infrastructure needs are reaching a critical stage, and with Major Moves funding mostly exhausted, the General Assembly has a big task ahead in searching for funding sources.
Simms said unemployment is a key issue, and he pitched a law that would aid high-functioning special education students in finding jobs. Soliday touted his willingness to reach across the aisle, noting he authored a funding measure for the Little Calumet levee this spring. Both candidates were against the right-to-work legislation, but they are skeptical of the possibility of any attempts to repeal the law.