to seek re-election to Legislature
Representative Dave Cheatham announced that he will seek re-election
to the Legislature in Indiana House District 69. Cheatham is completing
his sixth term in the General Assembly, returning in 2006 to the
position he had previously held for eight years.
Because we are looking at challenging times, we need to keep
leaders with the experience and commitment to fight for their community
to get the resources and opportunities to make the future better,
By working together, we can make great strides in economic
development and job creation these are the greatest needs at this
time to improve our quality of life, he added. At the
same time, we need to move forward with property tax reform and
providing affordable educational opportunities.
Cheatham believes that public service is all about making the lives
of people better by listening to constituents and then acting as
their voice, a belief that is reflected in the legislation and constituent
services he has provided during his time in office. The most recent
laws he authored include improvements in Mollys Law, which
provides even better law-enforcement procedures in missing persons
cases, business legislation which helps the tool-and-die industry,
and homeowners association legislation which does more to protect
the rights of people living in planned communities.
Cheatham played a major role in securing a $2 million grant for
water resource development and distribution in Jennings County for
the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) as part of the 2009
This grant will not only help provide a more reliable and
less expensive water supply for MUTC to help our troops to defend
our country but will also provide a major boost to economic development
in the region by allowing MUTC to expand, Cheatham explained.
Cheatham was also instrumental in securing a $2 million bridge rehabilitation
and rail upgrade grant for the Madison Railroad, giving Indiana
House District 69 a competitive advantage for jobs by ensuring access
to a first-rate short line railroad.
Altogether in 2009, Cheatham was able to secure over $18 million
in grant money for communities throughout Indiana House District
While making significant advances over the past two years, Cheatham
notes he is motivated to continue making progress on several important
issues. Creating and keeping jobs is at the top of the list. As
a former teacher, he wants to make sure that students have affordable
access to a top-rate education.
Improvements in the districts transportation system - including
roads and highways as well as a new Ohio River bridge for Jefferson
County also rank high among Cheathams priorities. Many new
projects are ready to begin or are already in progress.
Meaningful and permanent property tax reform is an essential
need for all Hoosiers, Cheatham said. I believe that
owning ones home at some point in time without any future
property taxes is a fundamental value, one which I hope to be able
to accomplish as a goal, Cheatham explained.
Dave Cheatham first served in 1984-1992, and then returned to the
State Legislature in 2006. He represents Jefferson, Jennings and