According to multiple sources, Representative Zent plans on winning re-election in November, then retiring to spend more time in Florida. Upon his retirement, he and his friends in the local Republican party plan on appointing Jim Getz the Indiana House, District 51 seat. Instead of retiring now, and allowing voters to decide who will represent them in the Statehouse, a backroom deal has apparently been brokered in order to maintain control and silence voters.
We live in a democracy, not a monarchy where positions are handed down to those not elected. Constituents deserve to know who they are voting for, and what arrangement has been made. I challenge both Rep Zent and Mr. Getz to pledge to complete their terms of office if elected. If they are unwilling to do so, they don’t deserve the honor of holding public office.