By Dan Spalding
NAPPANEE – Re-elected just three weeks ago, State Rep. Christy Stutzman announced her resignation and criticized Gov. Eric Holcomb on his response to the pandemic.
Stutzman said in a lengthy post on Facebook that she was resigning in order to focus on her dinner-theater business in Nappanee.
Stutzman and her husband, former Congressman Marlin Stutzman, were part of a group that purchased Amish Acres ten months ago and renamed it to The Barns at Nappanee. Shortly after the change in ownership, the pandemic arrived.
In her announcement posted Monday, Nov. 24, she attacked Holcomb, a fellow Republican.
She said the company has been “devastated by the mandatory restrictions put in place by the Governor and health departments.”
“Now, with the recent round of new mandatory Covid-related restrictions issued by the Governor, with no input or approval from the members of the General Assembly, our businesses and family have been set back further and I will be required to devote even more attention to helping our business survive into next year,” she wrote.
Stutzman was first elected in 2018.
On Nov. 3, the Middlebury resident topped Democrat Amanda Qualls, gaining 66 percent of the vote.
She said her resignation will be effective Dec. 14.
District 49 includes Goshen.