WESTPORT – In all, 21 candidates for public office in Decatur County and Indiana gathered for an informal “Meet the Candidates Night” Thursday at Westport Christian Church (WCC) to meet local voters.
The event was organized by WCC Pastor Mike Bartlett. Bartlett told the Daily News he believes that Westport is often overlooked when candidates are campaigning for votes.
In an effort to help educate the Westport community about the candidates running for office and the things they hope to change if elected, Bartlett organized the event to give each candidate a few minutes to speak about themselves.
“I believe in education and exercising our rights,” Bartlett said. “It saddens me how many people in America choose not to vote.”
Bartlett welcomed all the candidates and voters and thanked everyone for attending.
Each candidate was given three minutes to introduce themselves and to speak about what they can do for Decatur County and Indiana.
Nate Harter (R), running for Decatur County Prosecutor, spoke about his desire to offer tougher plea deals to criminals and to communicate more clearly so people can see the call they made to the police means something. Harter also wants to work with lawmakers if elected to draft legislation to fix loopholes in the law.
“I want to be able to say, ‘Offer them those tough deals, and if they don’t take them, nail them to the wall,” Harter said.
Chris Tebbe (D), also running for Decatur County Prosecutor, echoed Harter’s sentiments about tougher plea deals for criminals, stating that he wants to “make sure those who can’t follow the law go where they need to go.” Tebbe said Decatur County is home to him and he wants to advocate for the victims of crime here so all families can be safe and have a place to call home.