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State Senate Race: Tim DeLaney (District 30)



NUVO: Introduce yourself in 200 words or less.

Tim DeLaney is a life-long resident of Washington Township. He and his wife, Anne, are raising two sons Owen and Cormac in the 30th Senate District. Tim is an active parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and has participated in community leadership in a variety of roles from coaching youth sports, to serving on the Board of Directors of Exodus Refugee and Immigration Services.

Tim is a graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit High School and twice from Indiana University, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and Arabic and, in 2006, his Juris Doctorate from the Maurer School of Law.

Tim works for a private legal practice in downtown Indianapolis where he focuses primarily on commercial litigation.

NUVO: Describe your district, name some features that make it special or unique.

Senate District 30 encompasses most of Washington Township, portions of Lawrence Township and much of the southern portions of Carmel and Fishers. It is a middle-of-the-road district with highly engaged and independent-minded voters.

NUVO: List three serious issues facing your district and note how they would translate to your legislative priorities.

Public Schools - District 30 has wonderful schools but we need to do better. We need to devote considerable time and attention to the impact of recent reforms and how best capitalize on reform efforts. My biggest priority is to expand access to early childhood learning.

Infrastructure - Indiana, particularly central Indiana, is in danger of falling behind the rest of the country in terms of infrastructure. We have crumbling bridges and roads and virtually no mass transit initiatives of any kind. I support bringing a referendum to the voters to decide whether to invest in modern mass transit.

Jobs - Both education and infrastructure lead to job growth, but we need to engage in other creative ways to encourage job growth. I want to help eliminate red tape and create one-stop portals for entrepreneurs seeking to open businesses in state. I also favor extending tax credits to companies willing to hire employees during this continuing period of high unemployment.

NUVO: If you could provide one element of constructive criticism about the 2012 General Assembly, what would it be?

Its focus on divisive culture war issues. We are just emerging from the worst recession in recent memory. Instead of focusing on putting Hoosiers back to work, legislators took on a Tea Party agenda focused on attacking women's access to health care, teaching creationism as science and engaging in so much silliness that legislators even attacked the Girl Scouts. This kind of extremism has no place in our government, embarrasses the state and gets in the way of real progress.

NUVO: How you do think an extended era of solid Republican control over the General Assembly will influence legislators' work at the Statehouse? Could you comment on how you envision bi-partisanship and checks and balances functioning in this environment?

We've seen the unfortunate extremism that has been the hallmark of debate in the General Assembly in recent years. Instead of engaging in such debates, I want to focus on issues that have bi-partisan appeal such as early childhood education and improving our transit infrastructure. I don't care if a good idea comes from a Democrat or a Republican. I only care if it moves our state forward.

NUVO: If you could ask one question of your opponent, what would it be?

I would ask if he regrets authoring bills to defund Planned Parenthood, teach creationism in science class, make abortion a Class C felony, allowing guns in playgrounds and libraries, and if he regrets endorsing Richard Mourdock in the primary over the respected Senator Lugar.

NUVO: What question do you wish we'd asked and how would you answer it?

Why am I running? I am running because we have been traditionally represented in District 30 by bi-partisan Senators who focused on the real priorities facing our state. That changed in 2009 when the Tea Party picked the replacement for our senator, who stepped down mid-term. I want to replace Tea Party extremism with a focus on the issues that matter: improving our schools, creating good jobs and modernizing our infrastructure.


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