BROWNSBURG — With the waning moments of the 2012 election season growing thin, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg’s running mate, Rep. Vi Simpson made a stop here to discuss her plans as lieutenant governor should Gregg defeat Rep. candidate Mike Pence.
Simpson stopped off at Pit Stop Barbecue in town on a bus tour to greet supporters and meet those who might not know much about her campaign. She was very pointed in her aspirations, saying that rural development, infrastructure, and education highlight her goals should she enter office.
“One of the things I learned when I started running are the opportunities internationally for exports for not just the raw goods that we grow here, but food processing for instance, and byproducts of some of the agricultural products that we grow here,” she said, noting that agriculture is an evolving industry that will change with the times. “For instance, the Chinese are building these new communities from scratch from the ground up and moving people to those communities and building industries around them, and those folks need processed food. They don’t want raw materials anymore.
“There’s also a huge movement toward people knowing where their food comes from. They want to buy direct,” added Simpson, saying that we need to, as a state, support the agricultural research at schools like Purdue University as much as possible. “There are great ways to connect farmers and food producers with consumers directly. We just have to be creative and think outside the box.”
Simpson noted that as part of an aggressive plan, she and Gregg have committed to increase Indiana’s agricultural exports by 50 percent, saying that she believes it can be done, especially internationally through growing countries.
She then took direct aim at her opponents regarding education, saying that her plan is to buy back into the public school system, increase kindergarten length, and remove standardized testing to get teachers back to doing what they do best.