Local physician to seek Statehouse seat

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By Vince Luecke

Republican Marcrum challenging Stilwell in District 74

TELL CITY - Dr. William Marcrum filed Thursday for the District 74 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, providing a Republican challenge to incumbent Democrat Russ Stilwell.

The District 74 seat covers parts of four counties: Perry, Spencer, Dubois and Warrick.

A Tell City family-practice physician, Marcrum said House of Representatives seats should be held by citizen legislators who balance careers with public service.

"But it has been taken over by career politicians who are focused on fulfilling the wishes of special-interest groups rather than meeting the needs of the people," he said.

"A limited government, conservative immigration policies which adhere to existing laws and traditional marriage are just three examples of issues that have been ignored by legislative power brokers. If our citizens are to be properly served, we must send to Indianapolis elected representatives who will work for us and not the lobbyists," Marcrum said.

Stilwell, elected to the House in 1996, filed for re-election Jan. 31.

According to the county clerk's office, the District 74 seat currently includes Troy and Tobin townships and the Derby and Clark Township II precincts.

The district also takes in the northern portion of Warrick County, including Boonville; nearly all of Spencer County and most of southern Dubois County.

The rest of Perry County falls in the 73rd House District, currently represented by Dennie Oxley.

Conservative Voice

Marcrum pledged to be a conservative force in state government and to represent southern Indiana values.

"Having grown up on a farm before attending medical school, I learned the value of hard work, dedication and the willingness to take chances," Marcrum said. "I believe that southern Indiana needs a conservative voice and I intend to be the one who will stand up for our values. The citizens of southern Indiana deserve the opportunity to elect a representative who is willing to say 'enough is enough' to the power brokers so we have a government that serves the people instead of forcing the people to serve government."

Marcrum and his wife, Patti, have three children. Katherine, 21, is a senior at Xavier University and will be commissioned into the U.S. Army in May. Evan, 18, is a senior at Tell City High School and plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana. Mitchell, 10, is a third-grader at William Tell Elementary School in Tell City.

Marcrum and Stilwell are currently unopposed in the May 6 primary.