For nine years Mike Delph has represented parts of Hamilton, Boone and Marion Counties in the Indiana State Senate. Senator Delph doesn’t hide his conservative views. Nor does he hide his strong Christian Faith and Beliefs. Yet unlike a number of conservative Republicans, Sen. Delph hasn’t been afraid to talk directly with African-Americans, in their homes, their churches and on their media, about the issues Delph feels strongly about and which positively resonates with some African-Americans. In a live interview on Afternoons with Amos, Mike Delph talked a number of issues. On education, Delph was supportive of efforts to improve preschool, but cautioned that improving preschool must involve kids learning subjects, not be a “baby sitter” service. Delph also talked about improving the school funding formula which he feels hurts districts in growing areas, not just inner cities. Delph was also outspoken about the Federal Government’s role in education, believing it has no business in it. But Delph strongly agrees that education is a state and local responsibility. Sen. Delph said that crime is the thing he’s been hearing most about from voters as he does goes door to door in Senate District 29. Delph favors tightening penalties for illegal gun use and believes there’s a black market in illegal guns that needs to be curbed. He also talked about the social consequences and a generation of youth who’ve grown up with lack of values. Asked by a listener about the Capital Improvement Board (CIB) and subsidies by state government, Delph repeated his opposition to subsidies for the Colts and Pacers and Delph isn’t a fan of the CIB. Sen. Delph made no apologies for believing strongly in traditional marriage. Or for standing up for what he believes in, even it if it went against the leadership of his party. You may not agree with his views, but Sen. Mike Delph has always been ready to speak to all his constituents, even in our African-American community. Click the Media Player to Hear the Afternoons with Amos Interview with Sen. Mike Delph. Runs 35 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.