Economic growth, infrastructure, safety are issues facing Indiana's 9th Congressional District

Posted at 12:13 AM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-28 00:13:37-04

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. -- Five candidates, three Democrats and two Republicans, are vying for a seat in Indiana's 9th Congressional District.

"We need some new businesses. A lot more businesses that can bring in more money, more jobs," said Shirlene Higdon, Greenwood resident.

Higdon wants the candidates to focus on economic growth.

Infrastructure is also an area of concern. Residents want to see a comprehensive plan to fix crumbling roads and improve traffic.

There's also the issue of safety.

"Well, they need to put armed security in our schools," said Cindy Harris, Greenwood resident.

Harris wants our lawmakers to protect children.

"It's just mainly the kids and making it a safe place. I have my grandkids much of the time and I want it to be a safe place," said Harris.

Making the community a fun and active place is high on Linda Server's wish list.

"I think that we need more of a better park system. I think we need more hiking, biking trails," said Server, Greenwood resident.

In 2016, Republican Trey Hollingsworth won the seat vacated by now-Senator Todd Young.

Hollingsworth wants to serve another term, but is facing a primary challenge from James Dean Alspach.

Three candidates are in the running for the Democratic nomination: Dan Canon, Rob Chatlos and Liz Watson.