For my scant money, this race is one of two genuinely compelling ones during the current election cycle (the other is Liz Watson and the filthy rich Tennessean for Congress).
In Depompei’s preview, Grooms isn’t shy about the notion of car-centrism as an inevitable pillar of regional economic development. Conversely, while referencing her opponent’s traditionalism in the final paragraph, Murray has nothing to say about alternative, multi-modal transportation options.
As such, both candidates are conceding the daily absenteeism of One Southern Indiana as it pertains to taking for granted a future of single-occupant cars fighting for space on ever-widening roads, and encouraging the ensuing mayhem.
By not talking about cars, we continue to miss the boat.
Opposites vie for Indiana Senate District 46, by Elizabeth Depompei (Chronicle of Tom May)
… To Grooms, the biggest difference between himself and Murray comes down to one word: experience.
“Experience and understanding and knowing the community. No comparison,” he said.
He points to his involvement in issues like the opioid crisis (he authored the state’s first pill mill bill) and education (increasing tuition support across schools in his district). It also helps, he said, to be a part of the supermajority held by his fellow Republicans in the Senate, “… which allows me to serve the constituents of my district much better, because I can get a bill heard in committee. I can be on the forefront of discussion,” he said.
Murray said her experience as a lawyer has prepared her to work across the aisle.
“I’m used to negotiations and I know how negotiations work,” she said.
She embraces her inexperience in political office, saying she offers a new perspective.
“He [Grooms] is still embracing policies that have been around for quite some time and in my opinion policies that have gotten us to the place we’re at in terms of our statistics and our quality of life and our health and our general wellbeing of our population,” she said. “We are failing.”