For the past few decades, there’ve been just two Democratic State Senators representing Marion County. And none representing suburban counties. Could that change in the 2014 election? J.D. Ford hopes so. He’s the Democratic candidate in State Senate District 29 and he hopes voters’ concern and anger towards the Republican incumbent Mike Sen. Mike Delph could turn into an upset victory.
Ford appeared on Afternoons with Amos and talked about his campaign in the district that includes the northwestern part of Wayne Township and the western and northern parts of Pike Township in Marion County, along with eastern Boone County and western Hamilton County including Zionsville and Carmel. Ford says he’s personally visited 17,000 households in the district and he’s received a mostly positive reception in the Republican district. But a district that narrowly voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and who narrowly lost the district in 2012. Ford also reminded that Sen. Joe Donnelly won the district with 54% of the vote two years ago. Ford said that crime and education are the two major issues in the district. Ford said that education funding must improve, especially for the growing, quality school districts in his district. A listener concerned Ford could use this election as a stepping stone, directly asked, if elected, would Ford pledge to serve out his full four year term. Ford said yes. Asked about his views on marriage equality, Ford said he was in favor of it. Asked if he’d increase taxes, Ford said he wouldn’t. And added that voters in the district are concerned that while there’ve been tax breaks for corporations, small businesses haven’t received similar considerations. Ford said that if elected he’d be a Senator that listened to his constituents views and be visible and responsive. Click the Media Player to hear the Afternoons with Amos Interview with Democratic Senate Candidate in District 29 J.D. Ford. Runs 30 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.