Republicans gear up for State Rep., District 25 race

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two Republican candidates are vying for a spot on the general election ballot for State Representative of District 25. Incumbent Done Lehe is being challenged for a second time by Franklyn Voorhies.

Don Lehe has served as a State Representative since 2002. He represented House District 15 until 2012, when he won election in District 25 after redistricting. District 25 includes a large portion of White County and parts of Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe counties. He has served on several committees, including the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

“It’s a rural area and small communities and I think a lot of issues come up, whether it’s farm issues or small towns and communities. I like to have the opportunity to deal with those issues and hear from the constituents,” said Lehe.

Lehe is being challenged for a second time by Franklyn Voorhies. Voorhies lives in Delphi and works at Indiana Packers Corporation. He was in nursing school when he was compelled to get into politics after he realized some major problems in the federal healthcare system. He says we need a more free enterprise-based system.

“Forcing people to have insurance doesn’t solve the problems of health care. We have to look at boards, we have to look at licensure and education. All those things are going to be a state-based solution, not a national policy issue,” said Voorhies.

Heading into the primary, both Voorhies and Lehe realize agriculture is big in District 25. They’re both aware that legislators will continue to look at the assessment of farmland.

“I stress very much — property rights. I think that if there was no property taxes on people, it would free up, especially, farmers. They would be able to make more money themselves instead of having to function on subsidy and have such thin overheads and things like that,” said Voorhies.

“There’s a direct impact on agriculture, farmers, and property owners and it extends just beyond the ag community. Because what develops in the agricultural assessment field will also affect property taxes in other forms of businesses and other entities,” said Lehe.

Early voting has already begun for Tuesday’s primary election. The winner will take on Democratic candidate Maurice Fuller.

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