(Michigan City, IN) - Former Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer has announced he’s running for a seat in the Indiana Statehouse.
Meer, a Democrat, announced today he’s running for the Indiana Senate District 4 seat. The seat is now held by Rodney Pol, Jr., a Democrat appointed to serve the remainder of the term of Karen Talian, who retired in September.
“I have a legacy of getting things accomplished when no one else could because I believe in the process of working across party lines. If the residents and the voters want someone that will get results and have a significant impact on outcomes, then I am that person,” Meer said.
Meer was mayor for two terms before his narrow and controversial defeat in the 2019 election.
Meer said his experience in public office and the working relationship he had with the governor as mayor is among the factors that would work to his advantage in serving constituents of the district.
“As a two-term mayor, I have a deep understanding of the resident's needs and the day-to-day operations of cities and towns. Through a series of collaborations, I worked to forge strong partnerships to spearhead over a billion dollars in public and private economic development and investment. The progress my administration fulfilled from 2012 to 2020 still benefits Northwest Indiana today,” he said. “For several years, I have played an integral role in making the South Shore commuter rail double track project a reality in our region. My working relationship with the last two Indiana governors was a successful one. In 2019 Governor Eric Holcomb appointed me to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board of trustees."
“My history also includes a strong record of protecting the environment and initiating environmental clean-up projects. I believe that protecting Lake Michigan and its tributaries is crucial to the future of Indiana. Working in the public sector has been very rewarding for me. I believe my combined experience of 35 years which consists of being a city and state employee, city councilman, and mayor, will be an asset when collaborating with government officials at all levels. If the voters choose to give me the opportunity, I will continue to strive for a standard of excellence for all Indiana Hoosiers,” he said in a statement.
Meer said running for state office has been on his mind for quite some time, and he feels now is the right time to do it.