Pond Won't Seek 19th Term In Indiana House (VIDEOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (21Alive) - Longtime state representative Phyllis Pond will not seek re-election in 2014.

Pond, R-New Haven, cites lung and breathing problems as her decision not to seek a 19th term in the Indiana House of Representatives.

"(My doctor) doesn't think it would be really good for me to go down there and breath all those bad germs, and shake the hands," Pond says.

Pond was first elected in 1978, and is the longest serving female state representative ever. She currently represents a portion of eastern Allen County that makes up District 85.

"It's been a good ride," she says. "I really appreciate all the support that they have given me. They've been very courteous, and very supportive."

Pond was a kindergarten teacher for 37 years at New Haven Elementary School before running for office. She holds a special place for education and how schools operate in Indiana.

"Just the last few years, there's a lot more accountability," Pond says. "The accountability is good, but the upper echelons shouldn't get into the teaching so much that the teachers can't teach."

She says the key to her longevity has been keeping a pulse on the community through continually meeting with constituents.

"If you can't trust a kindergarten teacher, who can you trust," Pond jokes.

Pond is undecided on whether she will finish the remainder of her term, and return to Indianapolis in January.

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