Water pollution control standards, air pollution and emissions, hazardous materials and toxic substances and dozens of other environmental issues with a deep impact on the Ohio River Valley are currently in a governmental tug-of-war at the state and national level.

Jeannine Lake, John Perkins and George Wolfe, Ph.D.

Next month’s mid-term elections will greatly affect legislation on these issues and others. The end results are expected to have not only environmental and economic ramifications for southeastern Indiana, but also potential enormous health and safety concerns.

Candidates for key positions in Indiana’s government will have an opportunity to share their views on the environmental issues concerning the local area during panel discussion on Hanover College’s campus.

The event, sponsored by Hanover's Environmental Stewardship Committee, will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m., in the Horner Health and Recreation Center, room 102. Admission is free and open to the community.

Panelists include candidates Charles Johnson Jr., John Perkins, Jeannine Lee Lake and George Wolfe, Ph.D. The moderator will be Jeff Phillips, Ph.D., director of Hanover’s engineering program and a recognized power-industry expert. (Note: All state-level candidates have been invited and the panel could change.)

Johnson and Perkins are among three candidates vying to represent District 45 of the Indiana State Senate. Perkins, a former Clark County commissioner, is the Democratic candidate. Johnson is the Libertarian Party candidate. Both are running against Republican Chris Garten.

Lake, editor and publisher of The Good News (formerly The Muncie Times), is a Democrat seeking the seat in Indiana’s 6th congressional district. She is running against Republican Greg Pence and Libertarian Party candidate Tom Ferkinhoff.

Wolfe, professor emeritus at Ball State University, is the Green Party candidate for Indiana secretary of state. He is running against Republican incumbent Connie Lawson, Democrat Jim Harper and Libertarian Party candidate Mark Rutherford.

Indiana’s general election is Nov. 6, 2018.