Nan Polk is launching her bid for Indiana's House District 54.
Polk of rural New Castle has signaled her intent to represent the people of Henry County, Rush County, and portions of Shelby and Hancock Counties as the representative for Indiana's House District 54.
A lifelong resident of Henry County, Nan and her husband Doug reside on their 350-acre farm near New Castle. Doug's family has been farming in Henry County for four generations. 
A graduate of New Castle High School, Polk went on to study at Butler University, earning a Baccalaureate degree in Science and at Ball State University, receiving a master's degree in education.
An accomplished classroom teacher, Polk taught biology and chemistry for two years at Rushville High School before joining the faculty of New Castle High School where she taught science of all levels for thirty years.
Like so many teachers, Polk has a servant's heart. At her retirement, she followed her heart and volunteered to work in the school's CRADLES the program, which provided childcare and parenting to teen parents. 
This experience deeply impressed upon Nan the impact that drug addiction, mental health issues, the foster care system, and the vital role of early childhood care and family support services have upon the potential success of families and a healthy community.
It was this realization that ignited within Polk the desire to help create and nurture early childhood and preschool opportunities for Henry County children and their parents and address the loss of human potential due to drug addiction and lack of quality healthcare.
Polk's friends and neighbors urged her to seek a position on the New Castle Community School Board. Polk serves as a liaison for the board to the General Assembly advocating at the Statehouse for public education, preschool funding, and early childhood education. The official campaign launch for Polk is on Jan. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art.