Jasper resident will run for District 63 seat

From local sources

Mike Braun, a lifelong Jasper resident and owner and president of Meyer Distributing, has announced his candidacy to represent District 63 in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Braun

Since purchasing Meyer Distributing in 1986, Braun has grown the local business by 18 percent per year, he said in his candidacy announcement. The company has 40 locations nationally and services 10,000 clients in all 50 states.

Braun, 59, said he believes many of the principles that allow businesses to grow and prosper can be applied to state and local government.

“As a job creator, I understand how much we need common-sense conservative leaders who know how to lead in an extremely competitive economy,” he said. “We need a smarter government that understands money in the hands of the taxpayer is always preferable to money in the government coffers.”

Braun is a board member of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council and the I-67 Development Corp. He is a member of The Nature Conservancy, Indiana Woodland Owners Association and Quail Unlimited. He actively manages several tracts of timberland and has been awarded the Charles Deam and Pioneer Forestry awards for woodland management. He has volunteered as a coach for youth sports and is a member of the Greater Jasper School Board.

Braun and his wife, Maureen, have been married for 37 years and have four grown children: Jason, Jeff, Ashley and Kristen. Jason and Jeff work with Mike at Meyer Distributing. Mike and Maureen attend St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

The District 63 seat is held by Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, who has announced intentions to run for Senate District 48.

District 63 encompasses Bainbridge, Boone, Columbia, Hall, Harbison, Madison and Marion townships in Dubois County and parts of Pike, Daviess and Martin counties.

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