A two-term elected member of the Indian Creek Township board is setting her sights on the Indiana Statehouse.
Amy Swain has announced her candidacy for Indiana House District 62 — which covers the majority of Greene County and portions of Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties. She is running as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Republican Jeff Ellington.
Swain had filed for re-election to the Indian Creek Township board last month. She said she is withdrawing from that race to pursue election to the Statehouse.
“Having lived in a rural Hoosier community for more than 20 years, I believe that rural residents are often left out of the conversation at the Statehouse, and I will bring that perspective to the job," Swain said in a news release.
As an Indian Creek Township board member, Swain voted to restore fire protection and emergency medical services to a centrally located fire station within the township.
“By taking necessary steps to join with neighboring townships in a fire district, the township will be better staffed, including full-time protection for fire and emergency services, and will be able to purchase newer equipment to protect its citizens,” Swain said in a news release.
Swain is active in community groups, including the Harrodsburg Lions Club, Grace Center Food Pantry and Girl Scouts. In addition, she has worked with nonprofit groups such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.
Using her degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Swain has experience working for both profit and nonprofit organizations.
"I learned about the value of small businesses, where most jobs are created, while working in advertising and leading a team of representatives for many years, helping those businesses to get the word out so they could prosper," Swain said. "I believe if you help others be successful, you also succeed."