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District 72 State Rep.


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October 22, 2008
Long-term incumbent state representatives William C. Cochran, a Democrat, faces opposition from Republican Ed Clere. District 72 includes parts of Floyd County. Clere did not return the candidate questionnaire.

William C. Cochran, Dem.

Personal: Cochran, 74, of New Albany, and his wife, Judy, have three children, Sherry, Rex and Rick and six grandchildren. A 1952 graduate of New Albany High School, he attended Indiana University Southeast. He served six years as a Floyd County deputy sheriff, four years as a Floyd County deputy Circuit Court clerk, and is currently a state representative and assistant to the chancellor of Indiana University Southeast. Voters may contact Cochran at 1-812-944-8573 (home), 1-812-207-5674 (cell), bill1judy2@aol.com, h72.in.gov or www.billcochran72.com.

Duties of position sought: Participating in making the laws and changing the laws in the state of Indiana and helping constituents with issues within the Indiana state government.

Why are you seeking the office? To serve the people of Southern Indiana.

What qualifies you for the office? The experience of the time I have served. The networking I have done with other legislators and state government agencies and the knowledge of state government and local operations.

What do you consider the top issues in the campaign? Continued property tax relief and in the coming session, the state's bi-annual budget will be the most time-consuming effort of the General Assembly. Work to create incentives to attract quality jobs to Southern Indiana.

Have state legislators and the governor adequately addressed property taxes to reflect the growing demands of education, local governments, etc. while the national economy is faltering? Please explain: The 2008 session of the legislature lowered property taxes at least 30 percent for all property owners and the next session I will work to fund education and state entities at the highest level possible controlled by the amount of revenue received.

What can the state government do to ensure that Indiana's economy (specifically that of Southern Indiana) is strong? See above answer.

Other: (Did not answer.)

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