Monday, May 2, 2016

IN-09 - Congressional Voter Guide and Candidate Questionnaire

Indiana US Congressional District 9 (since 2013)



Update - 05.02.16


Despite being given the opportunity to communicate their views on vapor products, only one candidate in the 9th district has responded with a comment.


Trey Hollingsworth III (R):
In correspondence with CASAA members, candidate Hollingsworth has made the following statement which we have been given permission to share:


  • "As a small government conservative, I oppose additional intrusions into our lives, our wallets, and our businesses. That the FDA is claiming cigarettes and vaping are equivalent is just another example of bureaucrats taking shortcuts and failing to serve the interests of consumers and small businesses. Our government doesn’t keep up with innovation because career politicians don’t have any outside experience in business or having to deal with the onerous regulatory environment that they have created.”

The rest of the candidates’ positions remain as follows:


Greg Zoeller (R):
Attorney General Zoeller has been openly hostile towards vapor products and other alternative nicotine products. Zoeller has called on the FDA to ban flavors and raise taxes on vapor products. “We know the dangers of nicotine,” said Zoeller in an interview with WISH TV-8, last summer. “We don’t know any value to these products, and why the FDA has failed to regulate to date is unknown.”


Erin Houchin (R):
Unlike AG Zoeller, public statements from Candidate Houchin regarding vapor products are not available. However, as a state Senator from Indiana’s 47th District, she did vote in favor of HB 1432 -- the bill that is currently wreaking havoc on the Indiana vapor industry and that will dramatically limit consumer access to a wide variety of e-liquids. Although a yea or nay vote on any particular bill may give a glimpse into a candidate’s position on an issue, it is not by any means the whole story.


Brent Waltz (R):
Like Senator Houchin, Candidate Waltz has not made any public statements regarding a position one way or the other on vapor products. However, as Senator from Indiana’s 33rd district, he did vote against HB 1432. Again, this is not necessarily an indication of a firm position regarding vapor products, but we were pleased to see Senator Waltz make a smart vote on that destructive bill.


Robert Hall (R):
Candidate Hall has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.

Shelli Yoder (D):
Candidate Yoder has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.


James McClure Jr. (D):
Candidate McClure has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.
(Candidate McClure does not have a publicly searchable email contact for his campaign)


Bill Thomas (D):
Candidate Thomas has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.


Bob Kern (D):
Candidate Kern has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.


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CASAA members are encouraged to continue sending the Candidate Questionnaire. Indiana’s primary is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016. Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time. If you are registered to vote, please make plans to participate in the primary election.




Please note: The information provided here is for voter education purposes only. CASAA does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.



Original Post - 04.28.16


The race for Indiana’s 9th U.S. congressional district should be an interesting one for vapers this year. Among the field of candidates are at least two who have expressed support for taxes or unnecessary regulations on vapor products. Before you and your family vote in this coming Tuesday’s Congressional primary (May 3rd), we wanted to let our members know whatever little information we are able to supply about the candidates.


We have taken this opportunity to list the candidates below followed by a brief -- in most cases too brief -- write-up of their publicly searchable position on vapor products. Given that we are all curious where candidates stand on this issue, we have provided an opportunity at the bottom for you to send them a brief questionnaire.


Indiana’s 9th Congressional District Candidates


Greg Zoeller (R):
Attorney General Zoeller has been openly hostile towards vapor products and other alternative nicotine products. Zoeller has called on the FDA to ban flavors and raise taxes on vapor products. “We know the dangers of nicotine,” said Zoeller in an interview with WISH TV-8, last summer. “We don’t know any value to these products, and why the FDA has failed to regulate to date is unknown.”


Erin Houchin (R):
Unlike AG Zoeller, public statements from Candidate Houchin regarding vapor products are not available. However, as a state Senator from Indiana’s 47th District, she did vote in favor of HB 1432 -- the bill that is currently wreaking havoc on the Indiana vapor industry and that will dramatically limit consumer access to a wide variety of e-liquids. Although a yea or nay vote on any particular bill may give a glimpse into a candidate’s position on an issue, it is not by any means the whole story.


Brent Waltz (R):
Like Senator Houchin, Candidate Waltz has not made any public statements regarding a position one way or the other on vapor products. However, as Senator from Indiana’s 33rd district, he did vote against HB 1432. Again, this is not necessarily an indication of a firm position regarding vapor products, but we were pleased to see Senator Waltz make a smart vote on that destructive bill.


Trey Hollingsworth III (R):
Candidate Hollingsworth has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.


Robert Hall (R):
Candidate Hall has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.


Shelli Yoder (D):
Candidate Yoder has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.


James McClure Jr. (D):
Candidate McClure has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.
(Candidate McClure does not have a publicly searchable email contact for his campaign)


Bill Thomas (D):
Candidate Thomas has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.


Bob Kern (D):
Candidate Kern has not made any public statements regarding a position on vapor products.







Please note: The information provided here is for voter education purposes only. CASAA does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.


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