State Rep. Dist. 9
By Christin Nance Lazerus email@example.com November 6, 2012 6:24PM
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:22AM
State Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, won the redrawn 9th District with a big majority against LaPorte attorney Dan Granquist.
With 77 percent of Porter County precincts reporting, Pelath was on top 55 percent to 45 percent, while he captured LaPorte County by an almost 50 percent margin — 74 percent to 26 percent margin.
Pelath, who is the House assistant minority leader, was facing a redrawn District 9, which now encompasses LaPorte County and part of eastern Porter County.
Pelath said the primary issue on voters’ minds is jobs.
In an October interview, Pelath discussed how constituents are nervous about keeping their current jobs as well as if their future wages will be enough to put their kids through college.
“People have big economic anxieties,” Pelath said. “(They want) to build better lives for their kids.”
Critical infrastructure projects, like the proposed Illiana Expressway, can provide both job security and an economic multiplier effect, when workers spend their paychecks at local businesses.
On his campaign web site, Granquist, an attorney and small business owner, touted his commitment to a balanced budget and no net increase in state taxes. He also supports private school voucher programs and charter school expansion.