Local businesswoman announces bid for Indiana State Senate

Local businesswoman announced bid for IN State Senate//WSBT 22

A local businesswoman is ready to throw her hat in the ring for Indiana State Senate.

The owner of the Juday Creek Golf Course announced Thursday that she's running for the District 11 seat. Linda Rogers is not a career politician. Politics is new for her, but she says as a long-time member of the community.

She believes it's time to become a public servant and give back.

Rogers has been a part of the local community for more than 40 years. She and her husband have built successful businesses, such as Juday Creek Golf Course.

But does she have what it takes to be an effective lawmaker?

"I want to know what issues keep the people of District 11 up at night because that will be my priority. If I get elected, it's not going to be my seat, it's going to be the people's seat," Rogers said.

Rogers says if elected her main priorities are going to be improving the state's education system, finding a way to close the skills gap to boost the labor force, filling the nearly 20,000 jobs in Elkhart County and working with Gov. Eric Holcomb in the fight against the opioid abuse.

"I think she's a doer. I think she wants to continue a good logical approach to our part of the state here, and she's been a strong representative," said Steve Watts, a supporter of Rogers.

Supporters at her campaign kick-off event agree her leadership and business skills are what's going to propel her to the Indiana Legislature.

"I trust Linda that if I had an opinion to voice, I know where to find her, and she would listen to me," said Larry Catanzarite, another supporter.

As the first female president of the National Golf Association and Indiana Home Builders Association, Rogers believes her experience will make her a good state senator.

"I want to be their trusted voice. I have been working with people for many, many years. I’m honest, dependable, and I do what I say I’m going to,” Rogers said.

Rogers is running for the seat currently occupied by Joe Zakas, who has served since 1982.

WSBT 22 reached out Zakas and he says he's still considering his political future right now.

He expects to make a decision on whether he'll seek re-election in the next few weeks, but he says he admires anyone who is willing to consider public service.

Zakas says he looks forward to talking with Rogers about the issues to advance the well-being of the people in this community.

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