Lannan running for Indiana House District 63 seatFebruary 14, 2018
From Local Sources
Loogootee resident Joseph “Joe” Lannan has announced his candidacy on the Democrat ticket for the Indiana House of Representatives District 63 seat.
Lannan grew up on a farm in Loogootee and attended Loogootee High School and the University of Evansville. After college he was a teacher in Evansville, until the untimely passing of his father in 2012, when he returned home to take over his family’s grain farm in Daviess and Martin counties. In addition to farming, Lannan and his partner, Rick, have established a consulting firm, eSolve Solutions LLC, working with regional schools that are seeking grant funding and providing training.
Lannan is passionate about education and quality of place in the 63rd district.
“I am interested in bringing the conversation back to Daviess, Dubois, Martin, and Pike counties,” he said. “We have to produce strong graduates, and retain our best talent. To do this, our district needs to be an inviting place to live, learn, work, and play.”
He believes that local, and often smaller, schools and communities need an advocate in the Indiana Statehouse fighting for fair funding models and the flexibility to meet the needs of local students and people.
“A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t working for our smaller schools and towns,” he said.
Although pro-life and supportive of the second-amendment, Lannan intends “to leave national party conversations in Washington, D.C.,” and focus his work on issues he can impact closer to home. He said “reproductive health care and gun safety are educational aspects of the national issues that our local representatives can actually do something about.”
His slogan, seeking to represent the people of District 63, states “A Common voice for Common Ground.”
“I love working the land and helping support schools,” Lannan said. “I have no desire to be a full-time politician, and I think being a State Rep. allows me to practice what I love, and represent the region’s best interests at the same time.”
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