FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Note: For equal-time purposes, a random number generator was used to determine which of the three candidates would be mentioned first and second in this story.
The November 8 midterm ballots in the Wabash Valley include a race for the 8th Congressional District seat in Washington.
Here are the three candidates hoping to represent locals in Congress for the next two years:
Democratic Candidate Ray McCormick
Ray McCormick is a fourth generation farmer from Vincennes who said one of his big passions is conservation work.
McCormick on energy:
“If we don’t take care of the land, we’re not gonna be able to feed ourselves or feed the world. So not only taking care of the land, but taking care of the planet. Climate chain is impacting the earth. It’s impacting farming. It’s going to impact the future of southwestern Indiana. So we’ve gotta do something and we’ve gotta do it fast. I try to be a good example. I’m 100% never till the ground, 100% cover crops. I also drive an electric pickup. My wife drives an electric car and we charge them off of our solar panels.”
McCormick on abortion:
“People are worried about our country and they want hope that things are gonna get better. Certainly what’s happened in Indiana and what’s attempting to happen across the country is a threat to women’s rights and their healthcare, and it’s a threat to physicians in our state. Too many people are moving out of a red state for blue states, and we can’t afford to lose our young people.”
McCormick on inflation:
“Everywhere I go, we’re hearing about workforce, workforce, workforce; trucking companies, coal mine companies, everybody needs help. We’re raising those wages to try to pull workers into our area. Commodity prices are going up, the food that you buy in a grocery stores, because the amount of food supply, the amount of grain out there in the world is declining. So, if we don’t do something about climate change, we don’t do something about Russia, grain prices are gonna go up. I’m not an advocate for manipulating commodity prices, the same as I’m not an advocate for manipulating oil prices.”
McCormick on term limits:
“I’m advocating for term limits for both congressmen and senators of 12 years. If you can’t get it done in 12 years, you need to move on. I don’t have 12 years, so you don’t have to worry about me. I’m getting a little started a little late in life, but I’ll guarantee you after two years, you’re gonna know who your congressman is.”
McCormick on housing:
“Whether it’s the small town of Sullivan or the big town of Evansville, older homes are being tore down. Young people cannot afford to build homes, so the inflated prices of lumber and building supplies is having a lot of impact. What ultimately happens is young people rent, so their money is going toward old homes and dilapidated rental units instead of their money going toward building their first home. That’s a problem, and we gotta help people, and we can do that at the federal level.”
Republican Candidate / Incumbent Dr. Larry Bucshon
Larry Bucshon has served Indiana’s 8th Congressional District since 2011 and is currently in his 6th term.
Bucshon on energy:
“I’m promoting policies that will keep America energy independent so we can keep fuel prices down, and right now we’re struggling with that. I’m an all the above energy person. I believe in renewables, nuclear, and fossil. And I think we need them all and we need to continue to advance that. I think we need to get back to allowing our energy producers to do what they do best with also making advancements and decreasing carbon emissions and expanding renewables at a pace that I think works for our economy.”
Bucshon on inflation:
“The recent spending that we’ve had in Washington DC I didn’t support, so I think we need to get control on federal spending. You know, when you put trillions of dollars into a economy that’s already really overheated, you’re gonna get worse inflation. I think that’s what’s happened over the last year.”
Bucshon on abortion:
“I’m a pro-life candidate. I’ve always supported the pro-life position with the exception for the life of the mother, rape and incest. I was happy when Roe v. Wade was overturned because I do think it’s a state issue. I think it was wrongly decided for the federal government to get involved and allow the local elected politicians and state politicians who are held accountable to their voters to make those decisions.”
Bucshon on manufacturing:
“We have a lot of manufacturing across our state, but also in the district, you know, and I look for tax policies and regulatory policies to support that. Make sure that our manufacturers can keep in business and also employ people, you know, and keep people employed in high wage jobs that keep them and their families in good financial shape.”
Bucshon on healthcare:
“I supported a Healthy Indiana plan here in Indiana to expand the Medicaid program and get people insured and make sure that the federal government gave us a waiver for that. And we had to do that back in the Obama administration. Then on other healthcare issues, (I) have made sure that, you know, reimbursement levels for providers are adequate so that we don’t decrease access to healthcare for seniors.”
Libertarian Candidate Andrew Horning
Andrew Horning is an author and works in the healthcare industry. He said he is running to help create more third-party representation in Washington.
Horning on energy:
“Coal manufacturers and people who make solar panels and people who make wind farms and people who profit from all of these things, you can see where the money comes from. It goes directly into political campaigns and the policies come out of that. That’s not the way any of this is supposed to work. It’s supposed to be that inventors invent, marketers market, doctors doctor; let people do what they do best and keep politicians as much as possible out of it.”
Horning on abortion:
“Factually speaking, the nations that have more access to to medical abortions actually have fewer abortions, and the nations that have very strict controls on abortions end up having lots of problems with more abortions just in terms of the rate and more deaths as a result of bad surgeries. So I feel for those who want to ban abortion, I really do. And I wish there was some way that abortion, you know, was the problem, but it isn’t; unwanted pregnancies is the problem and we’re not really doing much about that. We’re not doing much about the problem with, you know, making it easier to adopt children.”
Horning on inflation:
“We have a structural problem with what money actually is in this country. If we did the Constitution, then Congress would be in charge of the Treasury. The Treasury would actually issue our currency, and that’s not the way it works at all right now. So, we don’t have a constitutional monetary system. We’ve got a Federal Reserve bank that is, it’s a hot mess, frankly, and that is one thing that needs to be fixed if we’re gonna touch anything with inflation.”
Horning on political power structures:
“We have allowed too much power for politicians to determine winners and losers. As we saw, they can determine who is an important person in our economy and who simply can be shut down, whose businesses can be shuttered. That’s way too much power.”
Horning on the two-party system:
“We’ve been warned for generations from George Washington; all of the founders warned us about political parties, political factions, and the dangers thereof. We were not supposed to have this, and so the one thing that I would like people to consider is how much you hate the way things are going right now. Really, the point of elections is not to hire politicians, it’s to fire them. The reason we were given elections, the whole point of it was the power of peaceful revolution.”
McCormick, Bucshon and Horning face off on November 8.