DANVILLE — Ten candidates running for U.S. Congress Fourth District came out to Hendricks County this week to meet and greet potential voters.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) hosted the candidate forum at the Hendricks County Senior Center in Danville on Wednesday.
This was the first time NFIB had hosted such a forum. There were only a handful of individuals from the community who attended.
“This is kind of an experiment for us,” said Barbara Quandt, state director for NFIB Indiana. “It’s a beautiful day outside. Maybe people are out playing golf.”
Quandt introduced each of the candidates running for the Fourth District and asked them to speak about what they can do for small businesses. There are 13 Republicans, three Democrats, and one Libertarian seeking the seat to be vacated by Republican Steve Buyer.
“I got into this race because I am an old soldier who got fighting mad,” Republican Daniel Dunham said. “I want to get our country straight or there won’t be a piece of the pie left to eat. People in the states know better what the needs are than those in Washington. We need to build a team to get these things done.”
Republican Brandt Hershman said, “I have a small business background, so I know what these people are dealing with.”
State Sen. Connie Lawson is serving as the co-chair for Hershman’s campaign and attended the event here.
“If the legislature provides property tax caps in the U.S., it would create 100,000 new jobs,” Hershman said. “That’s just simply by cutting taxes.”
Hendricks County Commissioner Eric Wathen is another Republican seeking the seat.
“I don’t think our small business owners are out playing golf,” he said. “They’re probably still at work. Small businesses make this country what it is. You drive our economy.