A Republican State Representative has given her resignation just three weeks after being re-elected to her position.
A Quick Resignation for Rep. Lawmaker
Christy Stutzman is an Indiana lawmaker and made a surprising announcement saying she was stepping down from her legislative seat very shortly after she won reelection.
In a statement, she said her resignation will be effective come December 14th. She represents much of Elkhart County located in Indiana.
The reason the lawmaker is stepping down revolves around the restrictions ordered by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb which has crippled businesses.
Coronavirus Restrictions Destroying Businesses
Stutzman says she needs to give more time to her family’s business. She said the governor created “instability and difficult circumstances” for the business.
n a post, Stutzman said, “Now, with the recent round of new mandatory COVID-related restrictions issued by the Governor, with no input or approval from the members of the General Assembly our businesses and family have been set back further.”
She and her business partners bought the former Amish Acres tourist attraction that they renamed The Barns at Nappanee. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the business’ revenue has been greatly hindered.
They have had to let go of 30 percent of their staff and she says it’s not possible to run the business while also being a lawmaker right now.
“And so I started talking to my husband about it,” she told WSBT. “What if something worse happens? What if something goes bad, what would I do? but it wasn’t until this last executive order that I realized I am going to be needed here more than I expected. This is priority, my family is priority.”
Tough Times on Businesses
Elkhart County is mandated to limit social gatherings to 25 people. Since the business was acquired during the coronavirus outbreak, federal funding is hard to get.
“We don’t really qualify for any of the requirements, so yeah it’s been tough,” she said.
In 2018, Stutzman was elected to the legislative seat for the first term and she handily won reelection on November 3. Now that her resignation is in, a caucus of Republican precinct committee members will pick a replacement to represent the district for the next two years, local station WANE reports.
She is the wife of former U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman who served six years in Congress.