NORTH MANCHESTER — Dee M. Moore, North Manchester, was unanimously elected by Democrat Precinct Committeemen in District 18 Tuesday evening, June 7. Moore will oppose incumbent Republican candidate State Rep. David Wolkins in the November State Rep. District 18 race.
A caucus of District 18 Democrats was held at North Manchester’s Warvel Park Pavilion on Market Street.
Moore, who resides in Kosciusko County with a North Manchester address, addressed the committeemen, speaking of issue differences between herself and Wolkins.
Moore listed many bills made law that originated through a national organization, the American Legislation Exchange Council, of which Wolkins is the Indiana House State Chairman. She then explained how ALEC is funded by multinational corporations and billionaires working to change laws for their profit with disregard for the people of the district.
Among these laws Moore criticized are the schools overuse of outside standardized testing, rating schools and teachers with imbalanced criteria and the push for more privatization of schools for ALEC’s profits. She said ALEC denies climate change, is working to eliminate unions, and wants to privatize health care, prisons, veterans hospitals, and Social Security. She stated it also is the origin of many divisive laws such as discrimination against the LGBT community and immigrants, even though most ancestry is from outside this country.
She concluded with Lincoln’s words to work together for a nation “… of the people, by the people, for the people that shall not perish.” This includes considering the next seven generations in our actions.
The caucus was conducted by Chad Harris, Wabash County chairman. David Kolbe, Kosciusko County chairman, was also present. District 18 includes all of Wabash, southern portion of Kosciusko and parts of Miami and Grant counties. Twenty-six people attended.