Area Republicans gathered Monday night at Simmons Winery to thank outgoing State Representative Milo Smith. The Columbus Republican has served for 12 years representing District 59 at the Statehouse. Barb Hackman, chair of the Bartholomew County Republican Party, says that Smith will be missed.
Smith talks about what he’ll miss the most about not being in Indianapolis.
Along with being able to help people, Smith says that one of his proudest accomplishments was helping to make Spice and other synthetic drugs illegal in Indiana.
Smith decided earlier this year that he would not run for a seventh two-year term. Ryan Lauer, Smith’s primary opponent in 2016, secured the Republican nomination in May. He’s facing Democrat Dale Nowlin on November 6th.