Democrat Liz Watson joins race for 9th District

By Abby Tonsing | atonsing@heraldt.com

Bloomington attorney Liz Watson described her law career as one spent fighting for working people and families. She announced Monday night she hopes to take that fight to Washington, D.C.

Watson is one of four Democrats now vying for the chance to run in the 2018 election against U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, the Republican incumbent of Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Monroe, Brown and Lawrence counties and part of Morgan County.

“I’m running for Congress because I believe that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to get ahead. But today, too many hard-working families across Indiana’s 9th Congressional District struggle to keep their heads above water,” Watson said.

“I want to represent the people in our district by fighting for better health care, good jobs and the best public education we can provide for our children. It’s time to get to work for Hoosiers, and stop only serving the interests of a privileged, wealthy few.”

Watson said she is running on a platform of bringing well-paying jobs back to the district, protecting and strengthening health care and making high-quality, public education available to all.

“We all want the freedom to be able to care for our families. This starts with good-paying jobs, affordable health care, high-quality child care, predictable schedules, and paid sick days and family leave,” Watson stated.

The political newcomer said she felt compelled to run because she wants to be a voice and vote for the community. “I’m very concerned about the fact that we have sent someone to Washington who isn’t thinking about us,” she said.

Watson served as the labor policy director and chief labor counsel for the Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce. She ran the workplace justice program at the National Women’s Law Center, and was the executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.

Democrats Dan Canon, a New Albany native and civil rights attorney; Tod Curtis, a Bedford business owner; and Tom Pappas, a Bloomington native and Indiana University associate instructor; also have announced candidacy for Indiana’s 9th District.

Bloomington truck driver Robert Chatlos has announced plans to run as an independent.

Original article here.