I’ve never been a politician. I’ve watched from the sidelines, like many of you, hoping for the best but seeing politics evolve into a blood sport, where winning at all costs has become more important than civility, honor, and making progress. Our hopes and dreams have taken a back seat to bickering, hostility, and divisiveness. We’re Hoosiers. We work together, play together, and live together. In the end, we must put our differences aside to ensure that my future, your future, and our children’s future is one of opportunity and growth, rather than despair. This is the greatest nation in the world, hands down. But we’re dropping the ball, and middle class Hoosiers across the region are feeling it. We have enormous decisions to make–decisions about health care, employment, humanity, and our planet. We need people making decisions with experience in industries like health care, science and technology, and business. People who believe that hard work and determination should be rewarded with a good life, that our kids should look forward to the future and an opportunity to make the world a better place, and that America’s strength lies in innovation and leadership.

I am uniquely qualified to be that leader. I am a scientist. I am a small business owner. I am a health care provider. And I am a technologist. I have a good life, one built on determination, will, and desire, because that is what society rewards. The same traits that define what it means to be a Hoosier. Yet my children may not have that opportunity. My son, Austin, plans to solve the world’s problems through science and technology, but we are turning our back on what built America, what is vital to maintaining world leadership. Ash wants to live a life accepted by all, able to achieve anything, without hatred or discrimination, the epitome of freedom. I want to see us innovate, to prepare for the changing job landscape, to embrace our future by making plans and following through on them. I don’t see that happening without change.

I can no longer stand by and watch as the parties work to destroy each other. It is simply time for me to step up and lead. We are all on the same team, and I represent something better. I care about all people, no matter where they come from, what they believe in, or how they envision our future. I believe in a strong middle class, world-class education, investment in infrastructure, fostering innovation and job growth, and individual responsibility. I’m determined and willing to ignore party politics, ignore special interests, and make the right decisions for all of us, even when they are hard.

We complain endlessly about out-of-touch legislators. Break the mold and make a difference. If you are tired of politics, tired of infighting, and tired of the status quo, then join me. Join me in building a better future–for all of us.