A Conversation With Tonya Millis, Libertarian Candidate For Indiana's 9th District
by Mitch Legan, Indiana Public Media
As part of WTIU/WFIU News’ 2020 election coverage, reporter Mitch Legan invited the three candidates running for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District to discuss their policy positions.
The three candidates are Tonya Millis, Libertarian of Mitchell; Andy Ruff, Bloomington Democrat; and incumbent Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, Republican from Jeffersonville.
Indiana’s 9th District consists of Brown, Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Lawrence, Monroe, Orange, and Washington counties, with parts of Crawford, Morgan and Scott counties included.
This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.
Mitch Legan: So to start off, I was reading on your campaign website that you had originally been a Republican and in 2016, you switched the Libertarian Party. I'm curious, why'd you make the switch?
Tonya Millis: It took a couple decades, actually. I started watching our freedoms and liberties slowly being whittled away over a period of time, and that was with both parties. The Democrats and the Republicans just took turns in Congress, in the House of Representatives, and our debt kept going up and up and up and up and is now $26 trillion and climbing. Before COVID-19, it was $23 trillion. And we can talk more about that later. But that's why...