Nov. 20—FLOYD COUNTY — A Floyd County Council member has announced her plans to run for state representative.
Connie Moon, a Republican representing the county at large on the council, plans to run for the District 72 seat in the 2024 primary election. She officially announced her campaign last week.
"I'm just super excited to be a conservative option for Floyd County," Moon said.
The District 72 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives is now held by State Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, who is serving his eighth term in office.
Moon said she feels she could "be more effective and help in a bigger way" as a state legislator.
"I want to be the link between Floyd County and Indy, and I want to bring Floyd County back to the attention of the state as well," she said.
She is a "proud mother" of four children, including an adopted daughter. She touted her involvement in the local community.
"We're involved in sports," Moon said. "We're involved in the community. Teaching her about giving back has been very important to me."
Moon describes herself as "100% pro-life." Adoption will be one of her key focuses, she said.
"The first legislation that I would like to offer in Indy is low-cost adoptions," she said. "That is very important to me. There are so many kids in our state, in our county, in our country that need good, loving families, and sometimes those bills become extremely expensive."
She emphasized that she is "pro-Second Amendment."
Her priorities include supporting public safety.
"Any first responder positions — police, fire, EMS — I want to make sure that they have the training, the equipment, any support that they need to make Floyd County the safest county in Indiana," Moon said.
She also noted her opposition to transgender girls playing on girls' teams in school sports.
"I don't want my daughter to have to try to compete against biological males," she said. "I definitely don't want her in the changing room with biological males."
As a member of the Floyd County Council, she has been involved in the county's Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC), which is using opioid settlement money for programs related to mental health and addiction treatment.
"I'm also pushing for some of those dollars to go to proactive endeavors in the school system for families of overdose victims so that they don't fall in the same cycle," Moon said. "That is near and dear to my heart. It takes a village to take care of those issues."
Moon said she would bring an "open mind" to the position.
"I'm not in it for the power," she said. "I'm not in it for the money. I'm in it to make a difference for the people in my community."