Greenfield Daily Reporter: Chambers releases protect and serve plan

By Lacey Watt
Greenfield Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD, Ind. — Brad Chambers, a businessman running for Governor in 2024, recently shared on Nov. 15 his protect and serve plan for the state if elected governor.

Chambers said this plan is to make Indiana a safer place to live by focusing on pillars such as instituting mandatory minimum bail for violent and repeat offenders, enhancing and strengthening qualified immunity, and creating regional, mutli-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional task forces to tackle the fentanyl epidemic and more.

“How do we get our arms around the needs of our law enforcement community and our first responders? How do we get them the tools they need to protect the public? And that’s what the focus is today,” Chambers said. “These are hard jobs, and they are important jobs to our quality of life, and it is incumbent upon us to make sure they understand that we understand they are hard jobs.”

Chambers said that something that is hitting everywhere including Hancock County is opioid deaths, specifically from fentanyl. According to a report done by the Daily Reporter in March 2023, “nationally and in Indiana, over 70% of the deaths were caused by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids” and that “statistics from the IDOH say 15 people died in Hancock County due to any type of drug overdose in 2022.”

Chambers said that D.C. politics is not addressing the borders and is creating pressure on states individually, like Indiana.

“We have to now spend state resources to protect our borders and protect our citizens from things like fentanyl and opioid death, so that’s why I think it’s important to have a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional regional approach,” Chambers said.

Chambers also said that these overdoses should be treated as homicides and root out who’s behind the distribution of the drugs.

Chambers said that so far traveling around the state has been going well and that the policies he is creating are in response to the many things he sees as he travels.

“What you’re seeing in our policy rollouts is really reflective of the sentiment out here as I drive around the state and listen to Hoosiers and their concerns,” Chambers said.

Chambers is running for Indiana governor against seven candidates as of Nov. 16 — five Republicans, one Democrat and one Libertarian.

For more information on Chambers’ serve and protect plan and safe online plan, visit chambersforindiana.com.

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