first_imgSTATE SENATOR JIM TOMES REFUSES TO DEBATE CANDIDATE EDIE HARDCASTLEMultiple Dates Offered, Tomes Declines to Participate EVANSVILLE, Indiana – Edie Hardcastle, Democratic candidate for state senate seat District 49, revealed today that her opponent, Republican incumbent Jim Tomes, refuses to participate in a televised debate jointly hosted by the Courier & Press and by WNIN. He has refused despite being offered three potential dates: October 22nd, October 24th, and November 1st, , any of which Hardcastle has agreed to make herself available.Hardcastle states: “The Courier & Press and WNIN have invited us both to debate the issues so the public can learn more about us and what we stand for, but Jim Tomes has refused all three opportunities. I think Hoosiers need someone who is willing to stand up and answer questions about education, wages, and healthcare. What is he afraid of?” A biology professor at USI, Hardcastle has dubbed her opponent “the gun guy,” because over the last eight years, he has authored legislation that has legalized switchblade knives and sawed-off shotguns, and now wants to put guns in the hands of our teachers. Indiana Democratic Party officials echoed Hardcastle’s dismay. John Zody, Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party, said, “This is happening all over Indiana. Republican candidates are afraid to talk to voters about their record of trying to take away health care, voting rights, and doing nothing to make sure Hoosiers are protected equally or to address the issue of livable wages.” Scott Danks, Chair of the Vanderburgh County Democrats, said, “Tomes is refusing to debate because he’s afraid to defend his unpopular, radical ideas. If he’s afraid to stand up to Edie, how can we have confidence he’ll stand up to the other forty-nine State Senators on issues that are critical to his constituents?”Hardcastle’s platform focuses on three issues: education, jobs, and energy. She is a proponent of universal pre-K and supports fully funding public schools to improve educational outcomes and to address Indiana’s teacher shortage. She is also a strong proponent of raising the state-level minimum wage to reduce poverty and income inequality, increase economic activity, and encourage job growth. To strengthen District 49’s position as the “crossroads of America” and to attract big business to the area, Hardcastle will work to secure state funding for infrastructure repair, maintenance, and upgrades. And to create jobs, lower energy bills, and counteract pollution and climate change, she will advocate for investment in renewable energy sources.Hardcastle has also agreed to attend three other area candidate forums, the first hosted by Indivisible Evansville on Tuesday, September 18th (7:00 pm at Ivy Tech Auditorium), the second by the West Side Improvement Association on Thursday, September 20th (6:00 pm at Howell Park Shelter House), and third by the United Neighborhoods of Evansville on Thursday, September 27th (6:00 pm at the CK Newsome Center). The candidate forums precede the upcoming general election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.(District 49 is comprised of Posey County, five townships in Gibson County, and eight townships in Vanderburgh County. Jim Tomes has held the District 49 seat since 2010.)FOOTNOTE: For more information about the Edie Hardcastle, follow her on Facebook and Twitter at @Hardcastle2018, or on Instagram at @hardcastle2018. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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