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November 12, 2013

Mann seeks second shot at Indiana House seat

TERRE HAUTE — Democrat James R. (Jim) Mann II is making another bid for the Indiana House District 46 seat.

The social studies teacher at Terre Haute South Vigo High School lost to incumbent Republican Bob Heaton in 2012.

Mann views public education and the need for more jobs in District 46 as the two biggest issues.

If elected, Mann says he would be in a good position to assist Glenda Ritz, the Democratic superintendent of public instruction, who was “elected solely on the issue of education, and she resoundingly defeated her opponent,” Tony Bennett.

Hoosiers didn’t like the direction Bennett was taking public education, Mann said.

Mann also has concerns school students must undergo too much state testing. “I think we need less testing and more opportunities for teachers to teach and students to learn,” he said.

Another major issue is the need for jobs in District 46, he said. Republican governors and legislators have made many changes — including Daylight Saving Time and right-to-work legislation — that they maintained would attract more jobs.

“I ask in District 46, where are the jobs?” Mann said.

Mann said he’s better prepared to run this time around. He has many more contacts and people wanting to help, and he’s better connected in terms of social media. He has a Facebook page with 500 likes, a Twitter account, Instagram and a website.

In the 2012 Democratic primary, he defeated Chuck Toth and Larry Barker, two “very good opponents,” he said.

Mann plans a kickoff event 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn.

Mann is married to the former Eileen Torrence, who teaches Latin and English at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. They have one son, John Robert, and live in rural Vigo County.

Mann began teaching in 1988-89 and has taught at South Vigo since 1997.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or


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