Coyle to vie for Indiana’s District 74 House seat

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Democrat from Derby will face Lloyd Arnold in November election


PERRY COUNTY – Meeting Wednesday evening at Perry Central Community School, a caucus of Democrat precinct committee members elected Chris Coyle to serve as the party’s nominee for Indiana’s District 74 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Coyle, who lives near Derby, will face incumbent Republican Lloyd Arnold in the Nov. 4 general election.

“Chris represents the kind of energetic leader we need in the Statehouse. He brings ideas and passion to the table, something this state requires to move forward,” said Chairman John Zody. “Rep. Arnold and the GOP legislative supermajority have held Indiana back, pushing an out-of-touch agenda that only benefits special interests. As a dedicated public servant, Chris’s presence in the House will be a welcomed change come November because he knows Indiana deserves better.”  

Coyle, who ran in the Democratic primary for county commissioner several years ago, said Perry County deserves more from its state representative.

“I am running for state representative because we need a better advocate for our southern Indiana community,” said Coyle. “In 2012, my opponent spent hundreds of thousands of dollars telling our community he was one of us. Less than six months after being elected, he voted to cut funding to every public school in his district and send hundreds of millions of dollars to private, for-profit schools in Indianapolis. No matter what party you are from, that is wrong.”

Coyle is a Perry County native and a graduate of Tell City High School. He earned his emergency-medical technician certification and began working for Perry County Emergency Medical Services and later earned his advanced EMT and paramedic certifications.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University in 2008 and recently graduated from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

Arnold, who graduated from Perry Central, ran unopposed in this month’s primary and is seeking a second term.

House District 74 is composed of all of Crawford County and Perry County and portions of Orange, Dubois and Spencer counties in southern Indiana.