Kora to seek re-election to commission in 2020


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La Porte County Commissioner Dr. Vidya Kora, in touting “LaPorte County government as a model of bipartisan cooperation on getting things done that politicians in Indianapolis and Washington could take some lessons from,” has declared his intention to seek re-election in 2020.

The Michigan City physician, who was elected by 8,000 of his fellow Hoosier physicians to lead the Indiana State Medical Association in 2007, said that he’s “most proud of having helped bring a level of civility and respect for each others’ opinions to county government” and he pointed to county commission meetings as an example of “bipartisan respect we have for each other in trying to get things done for the voters who put us there. We’ve also put a big emphasis on transparency and openness, believing voters have a right to know what their elected officials are doing in their name.”

Kora cited as one of his key accomplishments the creation of the LaPorte County Office of Community and Economic Development as “among the things I’m proudest of because it’s given us a one-stop shop for developers and business prospects as we work to create new jobs. For instance, bringing NorthPoint Development to the vacant Roundy’s facility near Westville was solely the work of that office and that means nearly 60 new jobs and tax revenues from a vacant facility. That office was critical in bringing new business here just like Helena Chemical to Kingsbury Industrial Park, and we are closer than we’ve ever been to finally getting the county rail spur there connected to the CSX mainline, which will make the park more attractive to business with easy access to a Class I rail carrier.”

The two-term Democratic county commissioner previously served as La Porte County Coroner and also served a term on the Michigan City School Board. He says he takes “great pride in being accessible and responsive to my constituents. I’m working hard on improving health outcomes in our county and have served on the Infant Mortality Task Force and am committed to improving the quality of prenatal care we provide.” Kora cited the work of the Vibrant Communities Initiative – supported by the Commissioners –as key in “proper planning for the future” and he touted bipartisan support by county government for the “South Shore’s doubletracking initiative” as “forward-thinking and a game changer.”

Kora also cited efforts to expand broadband service in La Porte County and he pointed with pride to the soon-to-be unveiled “state-of-the-art county website that will make it easier for residents to access services and obtain needed records.”

Said Kora, “I intend to keep working with our legislators to bring home our fair share of state dollars to La Porte County and we will continue to work across the aisle to get things done for our residents. Politics has become so polarized in our nation’s capital and elsewhere and I’m particularly proud that at least locally, Republicans and Democrats work together – shoulder to shoulder – to try to do what’s best for our county. If re-elected, I’m committed to carrying on that bipartisan work ethic.”

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