Chris Campbell

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Among the bills Greater Lafayette State House members are pondering in the upcoming Indiana lawmaking session are ones that tackle some pressing health issues facing the state.

VAPING 

State Representative Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) says she’s planning to write a bill for the upcoming legislative session that attempts to tackle one of Governor Eric Holcomb’s top priorities: reducing vaping.

Tippecanoe County Teachers Join Protest For Better Pay

Apr 10, 2019
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Teachers around Indiana rallied Wednesday in support of increasing teacher pay beyond what Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly have proposed.

Governor Eric Holcomb has led the push for adding two percent to what the state puts into its K-12 education budget, but educators like West Lafayette High School science teacher Andi Hipsher say that’s not enough.

“We feel that the two percent will barely even cover raises and they’re taking money from us in other places, so in some corporations, ours included, we might end up having a net loss,” she says.

The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House rejected an attempt Monday to raise the cap on rental fees cities can charge to landlords.

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A Saturday breakfast with lawmakers who represent Tippecanoe County in the Indiana General Assembly generated so many questions from attendees about education that moderators had to offer more time for the legislators to respond.

West Lafayette Rep. Chris Campbell says lawmakers are considering boosting school funding by two percent, but she says that might not be enough.

“At face value, it doesn’t look like the funding is going to be adequate enough to cover things like those pay raises that those teachers much need,” Campbell says.

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Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski describes himself as a “more conservative Democrat” when outlining his political philosophy. His party won a number of seats in this year’s local elections, including a couple races few predicted they'd win. But in the same year where Joe Donnelly – a Democrat who tried to endear himself to non-Democrats by saying he’d vote to build a border wall – lost his re-election bid handily, what does that mean for Democrats of Roswarski’s ilk?

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Audiologist Chris Campbell has unseated Republican incumbent Sally Siegrist in the race to represent West Lafayette in the Indiana House of Representatives. Campbell beat the incumbent by a 13-percent margin Tuesday night.

Campbell says her base identified with her ideas about funding public education.

“We really need to start addressing the funding of the public education,” Campbell says. “The funds that have been diverted away from our schools to vouchers and charter schools have been very damaging to our schools throughout the state.”

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This year, WBAA endeavored to do a different type of election coverage -- one where the hazards are mostly the water and sand variety.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski took candidates miniature golfing this fall to have a conversation about the issues, rather than a debate, while the candidates had a friendly competition on the links.

Holding the putters in this first segment are Chris Campbell and Sally Siegrist, the two candidates for State House District 26, which represents West Lafayette in the legislature.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A candidate's miniature golf score should NOT be construed, in any way, as reflecting a candidate's fitness for office.

City of West Lafayette

We’ll know Friday evening what a week of public input has done to change the plans for a redeveloped Chauncey Hill Mall.

It’s perhaps the most valuable piece of land in West Lafayette, and Mayor John Dennis – our guest this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor – will have to balance the desire for something a little more eye-catching, clean and modern with the nostalgia some people appear to have for a piece of property that’s never really lived up to its potential.

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The race to represent West Lafayette in the Indiana House of Representatives began to heat up last week after the incumbent tweeted a personal attack at her opponent. But the challenger in the race insists she’s not worrying about it.

After the announcement that Democrat Chris Campbell was running for the Indiana House seat, Republican incumbent Sally Siegrist questioned Campbell’s involvement in the community on Twitter. The tweet has since been deleted.