News release from Jack Morris for Indiana State Senate:
Jack Morris to seek Indiana Senate District 15 seat
Campaign will focus on education and jobs
(July 30, 2013) â€” Fort Wayne attorney and community leader Jack Morris announced today that he is a candidate for the Indiana Senate District 15 seat. Morris’ campaign will focus on the struggle of the middle class worker and improving public education, including expanding and strengthening early childhood education in Ft. Wayne and across the state.
This is Jack Morris’ second campaign for public office. He ran for the District 15 seat in 2010, where his platform was dedicated to fighting for working families and pushing for improvements to public education.
“I am running for State Senate because I want to serve the people of Ft. Wayne and Indiana by helping shape policy which will grow Indiana to be a welcoming state where there is quality education and business and workers all succeed,” said Morris. “Any economic development starts with a strong education system. However, to have this, it is imperative we invest in early childhood education, a step that is proven to save taxpayers $7 for every $1 spent. I’m deeply concerned that there has been no movement to expand early childhood education in the last four years, and I’ll advocate for it tirelessly if elected.”
Morris also notes that public education has been severely damaged by the intrusion of mandated tests which are demanded by lawmakers in Indianapolis, the very same lawmakers who repeatedly vote to reduce education funding.
In addition to advancing public education and job creation, Morris also cites concerns that working families are worse off in 2013 and vows to fight for them if elected.
“For the last four years, Indiana has been dominated by one political party with an agenda that has created a growing economic gap that is lowering the standard of living for working families and driving more families into poverty,” Morris continued. “These policies have increased the need for social assistance but the assistance is then callously yanked away, forcing the disadvantaged to bear the burden of the government’s bad decisions. Our problem isn’t a lack of funds to help working families; it is the mismanagement and misuse of these funds.”
Morris has invested professional and personal time finding creative solutions for clients and the community. He is committed to applying this same approach to governing.
“There are appropriate steps Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians can agree upon if there is a true desire to do what’s right,” Morris said. “The issues facing us do not need to be divisive when we honestly debate issues and listen respectfully to other views, with the goal of reaching the best choice with everyone’s input and not simply seeking to force a particular agenda.”
Morris is an attorney whose career in Ft. Wayne has spanned 32 years, focusing on protecting individuals who suffer harm due to the fault of others. Morris is a partner at Benson, Pantello, Morris, James and Logan, where he fights for those who are underrepresented and underserved in the community.
Raised in Fort Wayne, Morris is a longtime community volunteer. He has been a proud board member of the Leukemia Society of America, president of the Downtown Optimist’s Club, chairman of the Arlington Park Golf Committee, and a member of the board of Directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Morris also has spent numerous hours on a variety of social and environmental causes, and also volunteering for political campaigns. He also is an Elder and part of the teaching and prayer teams at Crosspointe Community Church where he also previously served as Youth Minister.
Morris is a graduate of Cumberland College, Ball State University and Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. He also recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible and Seminary in 2012.
Jack Morris and his wife, Carrie, have four children and four grandchildren, all who live in Fort Wayne.