From top to bottom, Harsin, Shadday and Van Wye
From top to bottom, Harsin, Shadday and Van Wye
Three local Republicans are contending for the chance to represent their party in the November general election for Indiana's 66th House District.

The winner of the primary race between Ronald Harsin, Lisa Seng Shadday and Joe Van Wye Sr., will take on Democratic incumbent Terry Goodin.

The district includes Madison and Hanover.

Goodin was first elected to the Indiana House in 2000 and is seeking his seventh term. He is unopposed in the primary.

Harsin of Lexington, is owner of Precision Laser Graphics in Hanover. He said he is not happy with many of the initiatives coming from Washington, D.C. If he is elected, he said, he will work to create a buffer between the state and federal governments, and take back some of the state's rights.

One piece of legislation he cited as an example of a buffer would be the Firearms Freedom Act. Under that law, any firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition manufactured and kept in Indiana would not be subject to federal gun control laws. In 2013, the Indiana Senate passed the Firearms Freedom Act, but the bill did not progress through the House.

The 10th Amendment, Harsin said, gives states the right to retain any powers not specifically granted to it in the Constitution.

"So, there is nothing in there, in the Constitution, about gun control. It has the Second Amendment, that's it," Harsin said. "So to give gun control to the federal government, the states had to allot that to the federal government."

Harsin also said that jobs and poverty are two of the biggest issues facing the district. He said he'd work to make the area more attractive for employers and to make it easier for people to keep their homes.

Shadday of Hanover is a former educator and business owner. She said she's always been interested in government and how it impacts people.

"I guess I just feel that so many things going on, especially in the federal government, that are coming in and their actions seem to be taking away states rights," she said.

Shadday said one of her goals is to defend Indiana's state rights against a federal government she says is "over stepping."

She said the three things the government needs to focus on the most are providing protection and safety, transportation and infrastructure and good education.

"I believe we have a certain segment of wonderful young citizens who would not get anything out of going to college. Our trades are lacking. We have well-paying jobs available within our trades. That's a segment of the education system that needs to be supported more," Shadday said.

Van Wye, who works for Lifetime Resources in Dillsboro, said his priority for the district is to create jobs.

"I'm sure a lot of people are saying the same thing, but we need to make it more attractive for business to come in and locate around here," Van Wye, a Madison resident, said.

The upcoming school referendum for Madison Consolidated Schools is also an issue he's been following. Area schools need to be better, Van Wye said, but he also doesn't want to increase taxes.

"I'm still trying to decide," he said.

While he is a proponent of better education, Van Wye said he is in agreement with the state's decision to reject Common Core standards. If the state had adopted Common Core it would have made schools across the state meet education standards set nationally, instead of on the state and local level.

"That's something we should decide on the state level and the local level," he said.

Each candidate said they are in favor of smaller government, the Second Amendment and are pro-life.
Ronald Harsin

Party: Republican

Age: 62

Address: 8681 W. New Bethel Rd., Lexington, IN 47138

Contacts: (812) 866-5504 (home); (812) 701-1880 (cell);

Education: Graduate of Southwestern High School; Penn Foster College; IVY Tech State College, and Purdue University

Current, past employment: Owner - Precision Laser Graphics, Hanover, IBM, Motorola, General Motors, TRW, Ameritech, Cummins Engine, Eli Lilly and Procter & Gamble

Other relevant experience: Certified in project management, human resources, publishing, and 7 computer industry certifications

Family members: Wife, Ilene; daughter Jennifer, her husband Josh, their son Nattas; son Randall, his wife Ashley, their daughters Freya and Athena

Memberships: American Powerboat Association, National Rifle Association, JPG, Heritage Partnership, Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D, Ohio Valley Vintage Hydroplane Association

Lisa Seng Shadday

Party: Republican

Age: 51

Address:  4136 West State Road 256, Hanover, IN 47243

Contacts:  (812) 866-5172; 

Education:  MCHS graduate; Western Kentucky University, vocal music performance, and music education, three years completed. 

Current, past employment: 2004-2007, Prince of Peace Schools as elementary music educator

Other relevant experience: 2000-2010, owned and operated rental property company; 1991-present, own and operate small family farm; active community volunteer

Family members: Husband, Kevin; daughter, Vania, 22; Son, Mitchell, 17, junior at MCHS

Memberships: Prince of Peace Catholic Church

Joe Van Wye Sr.

Party: Republican

Age: 50

Address: 1911 Allen St. Madison, IN. 47250

Contacts: (812) 599-4570;,

Education: Cincinnati Bible College for 2 years; Ivy Tech, received an associate degree; Kent Institute of Biblical Studies; currently enrolled at Summit Theological Seminary and should receive. a bachelors of sacred literature later this year. I have also taken classes at Louisville Bible College.

Current, past employment: Lifetime Resources a nonprofit organization from Dillsboro. Prior to working for Lifetime Resources. Formerly self-employed installing satellite systems; computer service work. Before I went into business for myself I worked at the Walmart Distribution Center in Seymour. Ran for U.S. Congress.

Family members: Wife Bonita; two children Joseph Scott Jr. and Meghian Nichole.

Memberships: Kent Christian Church where I am on the Praise and Worship Team; vice president of the board of directors, for the Whitewater Christian Service Camp near Vevay.