Frye announces candidacy for State Representative
Wanda English Burnett
Randall (Randy) Frye of Decatur County announced his candidacy for
the Indiana House of Representatives, District 67, earlier this
The announcement was no surprise to some who know Frye, saying he
has always had the heart of service.
Frye has dedicated years of service to his career as a fire fighter.
He currently is serving his 20th year as a fire Lieutenant with
the City of Indianapolis Fire Department. As the executive officer
to Battalion 6, his responsibilities include supervising over 40
fire fighters with hundreds of emergencies each year.
Im honored and humbled to have you with me today to
announce my candidacy, Frye told those gatherer at his home
just outside of Napoleon on US 421. The crowd would learn he was
born in Franklin County in 1955, graduated from Batesville High
School in 1973 and grew up on his familys farm near Oldenburg,
where his parents, Marjorie and Lucian Frye, still live today.
Frye is a small business man, who along with his wife, Debbie, own
Blue River Technology. We know first hand how difficult it
is to make a payroll, pay taxes, and employee benefits, he
noted. He continued by saying the burden on small business is ever
growing in the difficult economy. Im committed to retaining
the current businesses in District 67, attract new business, and
work closely with local elected officials to provide shovel ready
building sites, he continued.
Being raised on an 80-acre farm, Frye knows the important of agriculture.
I feel a deep commitment to assist our farmers in protecting,
retaining, and growing their farming operations, he said.
He continued by saying he had baled hay, hung a stick of tobacco,
pulled a calf, shelled a load of corn, and cleaned a farrowing crate.
I love my land and I think its important to have a representative
that worked in agriculture, he noted.
Frye said technology is the highway business information runs
on. He further noted he knows the importance of high speed
modern technology and its role in attracting new business.
Ive worked with local government to improve their technology.
I understand both the need for high speed Internet service and the
logistics of providing it, he said.
He addressed issues such as the lack of cellular service in certain
areas that District 67 encompasses as well as the importance high
speed Internet service has to education.
Frye holds an associates degree in Christian Vocation from the Cincinnati
Christian University, and is a member of the New Point Christian
Church. He and his wife have been married for 34 years and have
two children, and six grandchildren.
The family is rooted in service as his wife retired from the Indiana
State Fire Marshalls Office where she served as Chief Inspector.
Their son is a Lieutenant in charge of training at the City of Carmel
Fire Department and their daughter is a third grade teacher at Traders
Point Christian School.
Frye was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for service above and
beyond the call of duty in 1996. This was for coordinating a disaster
relief effort to assist the victims of the North Ridge earthquake
in Southern California.
As his career in the fire fighting area comes to a close, Frye says
he wants to channel his public service to the Indiana House of Representatives.
Of being a full time professional fire fighter he says, For
all of those years Ive been honored to put my life on the
line for those Im sworn to serve and protect. He quoted
a scripture, No greater love has a man than he would lay down
his life for a friend.
Frye pledges that same fervor to the political realm as he casts
his bid for the position Cleo Duncan has held for several years.
I would be honored to serve in the Indiana House of Representatives
as your representative, he concluded.
Frye, left, greets Ripley County Republican Chair Ginger
Bradford, left, at the official announcement of his candidacy
for Indiana House of Representatives, District 67, at his
home north of Napoleon.