Marching Orders: 5/1/18

An occasional update on the candidates, lawmakers and the legislation LEAP Forward is tracking.


Indiana Democrats held their Jefferson-Jackson dinner last week, and LEAPer Lane Siekman (IN-06) and two of his five primary opponents spoke at the event, which was covered in part by the Connersville News Examiner:

Two of those candidates, Lane Siekman of Rising Sun and Jim Pruett of Batesville, invoked the name of Lee Hamilton in their talks. They both said they admire the former Congressman who was known for bipartisanship, working with members of the other party on important issues. The third candidate attending, Jeannine Lee Lake of Muncie, said it’s important to involve people of all backgrounds in the political process.

The primary election for IN-06 will take place on May 8. 

Yatish Joshi (LEAP Forward endorsed in IN-02) continues his Whistestop Tour today in Kosciusko County today. Schedule of events available HERE.



Brian Flick (HD-66) and other candidates spoke at a meeting of Brown County Democrats on April 20 and the event was written up in the (Georgetown, OH) News Democrat:

“I decided to run because I have dedicated my career as a consumer attorney to help people,” Flick said.
“Amelia is my home, but I don’t feel like we have a sense of community. We don’t have advocacy in Columbus. Through my work, I advocate some in Columbus. I sit there with state representatives and state senators and they don’t care about District 66 because we don’t have a voice,” Flick said.

Flick faces Jeff RIchards in the May 8th Democratic primary.


LEAP Forward endorsed candidate Ezra Nanes (Senate District 34) participated in a Democratic candidates' forum in Lewistown and spoke about his commitment to public education and unions. Nanes is unopposed in the Democratic primary and faces incumbent Jake Corman in November. 

“Public education is the backbone of a fair and just economy,” Nanes said. “We need to recognize the value of vocational school as a path to good jobs and make college more accessible.”

Jennifer O'Mara (HD-165) received the endorsement of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Local 1069, which represents employees of Boeing. 

“Growing up in Interboro, I understand how much earning a job at Boeing and joining the UAW 1069 means to working families across Delaware County,” said O’Mara in a release. “And as the wife of a veteran of the 101st Airborne, I also recognize how the important work being done by the members of UAW 1069 directly impacts U.S. defense, protecting our soldiers at home and abroad.”