From State Rep. Steven R. Stemler: Thank you for the opportunity to serve

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As you may know, this was my last session as your State Representative as I decided not to seek re-election this fall. My term as a representative of Indiana House District 71 will come to an end on November 6, 2018. I will always be thankful for the opportunity to serve on behalf of the people here in Clark County.

Everything we have accomplished together during the past 12 years has been a result of putting aside politics and doing what’s right for southern Indiana. I’ve served in both the majority and the minority during my time at the Statehouse, but that’s never been a big concern to me. I’ve only cared about what we can do together to make our communities better places to live, work and take pride in.

The new Ohio River bridges have resulted in modern transportation options, increased economic development and a better quality of life. The River Ridge Commerce Center was a joint effort that I believe will continue to provide growth opportunities, good-paying jobs and stimulate additional development. Managing and protecting our water resources will benefit our children, grandchildren and future generations to come. It was my honor to be a leader and advocate in the legislature and here at home for these issues.

We expanded early education programs for our youngest learners, fought for fair funding for our K-12 schools, and devoted resources to Ivy Tech and Indiana University Southeast. I appreciate your support and assistance on laws that helped train workers to transition into better careers, improved home health care options for senior citizens, reduced the cost of prescriptions and kept sexual predators away from our schools.

I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life and I plan to stay active with various groups, causes and organizations. It’s just time for someone else to step forward to contribute their ideas and talents by taking the lead on a daily basis in Indianapolis.

We may not have always agreed on the best public policy for our state, but my intention has always been to listen to you, respect you, not embarrass you and make you proud I was your representative. I hope I was able to meet those intentions during my service to you.

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