Lt. Governor Takes "Listen and Learn" Tour to Jennings County
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann (WIBC.com file photo)
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann spent some time in Jennings County Friday afternoon as part of her "Listen and Learn" tour.
Ellspermann says the tour is about insuring that all Hoosiers, not just those in large metro areas or with a lot of clout in the Statehouse are heard. She explains that the idea for the tour had a lot to do with her predecessor, former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman. Ellspermann says that Skillman took part in a similar tour during the last two years of the Mitch Daniels Administration. The Lt. Gov. added that it "seemed imperative" for her to partake in a similar tour, especially in the first year of the Mike Pence Administration.
Ellspermann explained that, as the state's Secretary of Rural Affairs, it is important for her to get out and listen to the voices of rural Hoosiers. She says one of her largest observances from these tours is that blight is not concentrated in urban areas. She noted that blight is a big concern for elected officials in Jennings County. Ellspermann went on to say that she is working with a state agency that will help bring federal dollars to rural communities to help fight the blight problem. She added that drugs, addiction and how society deals with drug offenders are other issues that rural Hoosiers are dealing with.
Ellspermann's visit to Jennings County marks visits to 88 of the state's 92 counties.