(La Porte County, IN) - LaCrosse Town Council President Justin Kiel has announced his candidacy for LaPorte County Council District 1 as a Republican in the May primary.
"I'm running to provide a strong voice for South County residents, strengthen our rural communities, and ensure we make smart investments that improve the quality of life throughout our county," Kiel said.
Kiel also expressed a commitment to be fiscally responsible while supporting efforts to pay county employees a competitive wage.
Kiel has served on the LaCrosse Town Council for over seven years and has been Council President since 2016. Under his administration, the town has accomplished things like securing over $3 million in grants, major road and sidewalk projects, and establishing a new park. The town's most significant water infrastructure improvement project in decades is also nearing completion.
In January, Kiel was elected Chairman of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, a regional council of governments responsible for representing over 784,000 people and overseeing a $1.6 billion quadrennial transportation improvement program.
He also serves as a board member of the National Association of Regional Councils, where he advocates for regional governments and better transportation policy nationwide. Kiel believes that the connections and knowledge he's achieved from his involvement in government and other ventures can be put to good use for taxpayers.
"I believe it takes experience and collaborative effort to make a difference in government, and I intend to leverage this understanding to benefit the residents of LaPorte County," he said.