Rushville Republican

June 19, 2013

Smith signals intent to file as a candidate

Indiana State Representative District 54

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Rushville native Craig A. Smith is announcing his intent to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination for Indiana State Representative District 54.

District 54 encompasses parts of Rush and Wayne County and all of Henry County in east-central Indiana.

Smith was born in Rushville and grew up in Rushville and Arlington. He is the father of two children: Brianna, 13, and Jensen, 8. Smith graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School in 1991. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in 1998 where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Aerospace Administration. He later went on to graduate with honors and earn his Master’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aviation Management in 2005.

A decorated combat pilot and veteran of the United States Air Force, Smith served multiple tours in the Middle East and commanded, flew, and fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served nearly 13 years of active duty in the United States Air Force as an enlisted airman early in his military career and later as an officer. Currently, he works as an airline pilot for Southwest Airlines.

Smith, a Republican, was elected to the Rushville City Council in November 2011 and currently represents District 1 in the city of Rushville. “Throughout my tenure, I have been a staunch advocate of transparency, fiscal responsibility and integrity in government. I have worked to push the economic development envelope by actively engaging government and business leaders at all levels,” he said.   

“My team and I are very excited about this race and we look forward to getting out and meeting people all over the district,” Smith added. “I feel we need a representative that brings new ideas and energy to this task. As a state representative I would pro actively engage our city, town, county councils, commissioners and constituents on issues that have direct and immediate impact on their communities, and then carry those issues and concerns back to the Statehouse floor. I want to work with our government, business and civic leaders to combine our synergies where we can, and promote tangible, positive economic growth for our district that our residents can see and feel.”

Due to the 2010 Census population changes, most of Indiana’s State House Districts were redistricted. Rush County residents are now in Districts 54 and 55. State House District 54 includes Rushville 1 to 6 and 8, Ripley 9 and 10, Posey, Jackson and Center Townships. The seat is currently held by Thomas E. (Tom) Saunders, Republican, who defeated Libertarian Jeremiah Morrell in the 2012 General Election.

The House is composed of 100 members representing an equal number of districts. Members serve two-year terms without term limits. The seat is up for election in 2014.



Contact: Melissa Conrad @ 765.932.2222 x107