The Democratic Party has not occupied Indiana’s 6th congressional district since the 1970s.
Two candidates are hoping to wrest control of the seat this fall, but they must emerge from the Democratic primary first.
George T. Holland and Cynthia “Cinde” Wirth face off in the May primary. Both candidates, who have all run for state and national office in the past, tout their goals of supporting middle and working class residents.
Holland is operating on an anti-war platform and is reportedly working to refocus money and resources on internal issues rather than maintaining global order.
“Look at the element of human suffering. Look at the cost,” he said. “Look at our national debt. This debt is going to kill us.
For Wirth, her background and experience make her best suited for the office.
“Working in science and owning small businesses gives me an edge, where I maybe understand the different areas a little better and why they’re all important,” she said. “And I have policy experience, having written policies many times. I sat and listened to people talk and come up with political solutions to the problems people face.
The winner between the two will face the Republican nominee – either incumbent Greg Pence or James Dean Alspach – in the race to represent the newly redrawn district.
Indiana’s 6th Congressional District was recently redrawn following the 2020 census and will include all of Johnson County in this election. Previously, Johnson County was part of the 9th District, currently represented by Trey Hollingsworth.
In addition to Johnson County, the 6th District includes much of eastern central Indiana, including Columbus, Rushville, New Castle, and parts of Indianapolis.
“The workers take control”
Holland, an Air Force veteran, leads a peace campaign and pulls the United States out of foreign entanglements.
He served four years on active duty in the Air Force, including NATO service from 1952 to 1954, and four years as an inactive reserve. Today, Holland is a member of Veterans for Peace.
“I’m a working class kid and I believed in Vietnam until I talked to Vietnam veterans who came back and learned a lot of what I thought was a lie,” he said. declared. “My feeling is that when you send children, especially working-class children, to die for a lie, it’s not just corrupt, it’s criminal.”
Through the organization, Holland traveled to Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua as part of the organization. He participated in several peaceful anti-war events in Indianapolis before the Iraq War and traveled to Washington, DC to protest the war and the invasion of Iraq.
“There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” he said. “Twenty years later, and look where we are.”
He has run twice before for the 6th District seat – in 1988 as a Democratic candidate and in 2008 as a Libertarian candidate.
His stint in NATO convinced him that the United States must lead the organization, especially now that the invasion of Ukraine threatens to embroil NATO in a larger war.
“NATO is a ‘scam’ to the American people. Get out of NATO and out of Ukraine. These funds should be spent on problems here at home, not artificial wars,” he said.
Holland would also like to see the country end its entanglements with Israel and the Middle East. He proposed using the billions of dollars in aid provided to Israel for the diagnosis, care and treatment of people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Holland’s wife of 59 years, Janice, died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2017.
“We have real problems here at home, and when it all comes down a lot of people will be hurt,” he said.
Another priority is to cut defense spending and tackle the country’s huge national debt. Politicians, especially Democrats, have lost touch with the needs and challenges facing the United States, he said.
Now is the time to refocus.
“Workers need to take control of the Democratic Party,” Holland said.
“Do Something About It”
Wirth, a Columbus resident, says her time in education pushed her to serve in politics. As a high school science teacher for 10 years, she struggled to talk to students about the decisions leaders were making – decisions that would affect their future.
“While I was teaching environmental science and biology, I was watching what was happening at the national level and trying to explain that to high school students, but I couldn’t,” says- she. “What came out of one of my senior environmental science classes was, ‘Can’t you do something about this, Mrs. Wirth? “”
This challenge led Wirth to investigate the politics and political issues unfolding in Indiana. His research opened the door for application for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship in Washington DC for math and science teachers. She started working on Capitol Hill.
With the scholarship, she helped draft legislation that created a monument to the 19th Amendment in Washington D.C.
“I learned how politics works, what the stages are, all the ins and outs and what it goes through, the difficulties of getting things done in a bipartisan way,” she said. “I just kind of realized that I was there for a reason. Indiana needs change, and I want to put everything I learned into action for Hoosiers.
Wirth previously ran to represent District 59 in the Indiana House of Representatives in the 2020 primary. She then ran for the Indiana State Senate in District 44 in the election. general this fall.
She set her sights on the 6th arrondissement in early February.
His campaign focuses primarily on health care and ensuring Indiana residents have access to the care they need. She points to the difficulty many people have getting to a doctor in the first place.
“We have people in rural areas and in areas that aren’t that rural, just a bit further from a big area, who have lost health care options,” she said. “What we’re seeing happening is impacting people in a way that speaks to transportation issues, it speaks to quality of life issues, it speaks to the general decline in general health.”
Wirth is also concerned about people’s access to health insurance, especially in light of the quality of that insurance if they lose their jobs. She challenges the proliferation of people crowdsourcing to pay bills that should be covered by insurance.
“GoFundMe is not a healthcare solution,” she said. “It is incomprehensible that in the United States we have people begging for money to pay their health care bills.”
Other issues Wirth focuses on are making sure the jobs created in Indiana pay workers a living wage and improving the state’s air quality.
“It impacts breathing on a scale from infants to our most mature citizens, and completely impairs our quality of life here,” she said.