Zack Ellison to seek Democratic nomination for State Rep


Columbus, IN, June 6, 2014:  Bartholomew County resident Zack Ellison today announced that he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination as a candidate for State Representative in Indiana’s 59th District, to challenge incumbent Republican Milo Smith.

“Everyone deserves a voice in their State government. Someone who will represent their values and stand up them and for their families,” said Ellison

“Unfortunately, more people than ever before have lost faith that their government is working for them, and it’s not hard to see why.  Over the course of my opponent’s tenure in the State House:

  • Household incomes in Indiana have seen a steady decline, and more Hoosiers than ever before are working jobs that don’t pay enough to meet their needs;
  • Our children’s teachers are struggling as more and more support is chipped away from our public education system;
  • Waves of pain pills, heroin and other drugs threaten the stability of our Hoosier families and the future of our children;
  • Indiana has the second highest number of sexual assaults in the nation. 

 But rather than address the important issues facing our Hoosier families, our current representatives have been focused on partisan political fights over who can marry who and how to punish unions that stand up for working Hoosiers.”

 Ellison believes that Indiana can accomplish far more than it has over the past decade.

 “I’m running for State Representative to stand with the thousands of people right here in Bartholomew County who believe we can do better… We can give our children the best possible public education, from pre-k to post graduate and prepare them for the jobs of the future, jobs that will pay a livable, fair wage for honest work.  We can make our communities safer, and make Indiana an even better place to call home… And we can grow our economy if we continue to support a strong, dynamic middle class.”

 Ellison served five years in the United States Marine Corps, and moved to Bartholomew County in 1985 to join Cummins Engine Co., where he retired in 2012 as the Director of Customer Technical Support for North America in 2012.  In 2013, he was named President of Data Cave, Inc., a world class data center located in Columbus, IN.

Ellison resides with his wife of 45 years, Glinda, and is very active in the local community. He has served in various capacities on the boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Bartholomew County, the American Red Cross of Bartholomew, Brown and Decatur Counties, and the First Presbyterian Church Foundation, where he has also served as an Elder and a member of the Board of Deacons.  Ellison is currently chair of the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans, the Bartholomew County Plan Commission and the Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board, as well as Vice-Chair of the Bartholomew County Board of Zoning Appeals.  He also serves on the Columbus Regional Hospital Board of Trustees and the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation.

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commented 2014-06-08 13:39:32 -0400 · Flag
I’m so glad zack decided to run. He is smart and dedicated to service. He will listen to the people.
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