Nick Siler for State Senate District 47
Leavenworth resident Nick Siler announced he has filed his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Indiana State Senate District 47.
District 47 includes Southeast Dubois and Northeast Dubois school districts in Dubois County and all of Crawford, Harrison, Orange, Perry, and Washington Counties.
“After much consideration and with the full support of my wife and family, I have decided to run for the Indiana State Senate,” Siler said. “While there is never a perfect time and always a reason to say no, I feel that I have developed the experience necessary to be a strong advocate for Southern Indiana, and if elected, I would be honored to serve the people of Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Orange, Perry, and Washington Counties.”
Siler, an attorney with a private practice in West Baden Springs, graduated from the University of Dayton in 2002 and received his law degree from the University of Louisville in 2005. Since 2005 he has been in private practice and also previously served as counsel for the Indiana Department of Child Services, and had represented the Department in all counties of the 47th Senate District.
“I’m running to support public education, public safety, public infrastructure and public health. These are the core functions of state government, and I’m afraid we’re lagging behind,” Siler said. “I want to represent Southern Indiana to Indianapolis, not represent Indianapolis to Southern Indiana.”
Additionally, Siler says his experience as a public defender has given him insight into the drug and mental health issues in this region.
“In my experience in the courts, which are the front lines of issues of drug abuse and mental health problems, child welfare, and law enforcement, I have seen what can happen when remote politicians in state government make decisions that can have negative impacts on people in Southern Indiana,” Siler said. “I want to listen to and represent the stakeholders and people trying to make a difference on these issues, and take their wisdom to Indianapolis to enact good policy, not be fed talking points in Indianapolis by lobbyists, bureaucrats, and special interests who want me to try to sell that down here.”
Siler is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marengo. He is also a member of Lions Club of French Lick-West Baden, Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Salem, Indiana Farm Bureau, Knights of Columbus, Orange County and Indiana State Bar Associations, and serves on the Board of the Directors of the Crawford County Community Foundation. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Washington County Family YMCA and as president of St. Patrick Parish Council in Salem. He plays trombone in the Crawford County Community Band and was also selected for this year’s class of the Emerging Leaders Program for the Indiana Democratic Party.
Siler and his wife Emily, who works in youth services and is a graphic designer, met while they were living in Salem and have been married for more than 10 years. They have a 4-year-old son, Freddie, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of another boy.