La PORTE — A La Porte steelworker has announced his candidacy for the Indiana House of Representatives, District 20 – Tim Gust will run as a Democrat in the 2020 May Primary.

“Being raised in La Porte and living here for most of my life, I’ve come to notice that things don’t often change as much or as quickly as we’d like to see,” Gust said.

“I’d like to live in a place where my children can grow up and be afforded a better life than I was, and if I can do anything to facilitate that, I’m going to.”

A union steelworker for the past six-and-a-half years, Gust is a father and family man who said he is “dedicated to advancing the community” through the charity board he serves on and “improving the lives of all Hoosiers, not just those who live and work in District 20.”

One of Gust’s primary goals as a state representative would be to “strengthen and advocate for the public education system” and “protect and reinforce these vital societal pillars for learning and growing,” he said.

He also pledged to focus on healthcare for seniors and those with disabilities, small business reforms, and working on the blockade against cannabis in the state,” he said.

“For my young family, I want a strong public education system that values teachers and students alike. For my parents and grandparent, I’d like to see them be able to afford their medications without having to check their bank accounts first.

“For friends and the general public here in District 20, more economic opportunities, potential growth of already standing small business and improved infrastructure” Gust said.

Understanding the tense political climate and rampant partisanship of national politics, Gust said he vows to be a “representative of his constituents and serve their interest, not be beholden to party over people.

“Yes, I’m running as a democrat, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t reason and see both sides of an issue,” he said.

“We need more work being done in this state that benefits the people and gets done in a manner that helps everyone.”

For more information visit Tim Gust Works on Facebook.

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