Neither inclement weather nor a train delay stopped potential Indiana lieutenant governor and current State Representative Sue Ellspermann from speaking to a small group of supporters and taking questions here at the Republican Victory Center.
Ellspermann was introduced back in May by gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence as his running mate. She joked about a delay at a railroad crossing, making the trek to Hendricks County a little more difficult, but dove into the issues the Hoosiers in attendance wanted to learn more about.
“I really thought when I ran for the state representative position two years ago, that I’d seen a lot of problems,” Ellspermann said. “Come to find out, we have a few more problems at the state house. Those are opportunities that we as Hoosiers want to take on. We want to make Indiana a better place.”
Ellspermann championed the controversial Right to Work law that Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law earlier this year, saying that it is paying immediate dividends.
“One of the most important things we could have done last year is Right to Work,” she said. “As of two weeks ago, 83 companies had approached Indiana and said that Right to Work is one of the reasons. If you want to know what those 83 companies mean, almost $2 billion in investments, over 8,000 jobs, and one of the most important facts is that of the jobs that have been committed, they are ranging over $4 and $5 an hour more than the mean wage in Indiana today. When we said Right to Work would be good for Hoosiers, it will be. Those are over $20 an hour jobs. We want to keep that going.”
She piggybacked off of Pence’s Road Map for Indiana campaign, highlighting education and job creation as the chief issues facing the state and also weighed in on the importance of the impending Senate election.