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Brown makes bid for state Senate seat

Liz Brown, a former member of the Fort Wayne City Council, formally announced Wednesday that she is seeking the Republican nomination in Indiana Senate District 15.

The seat has been held since 1985 by Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, who is not seeking re-election this year.

Four people, including Brown, have filed their candidacies for the May 6 Republican primary election. The others are Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries; Jeffrey Snyder, the CEO of Snyder Food Services; and Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt.

Brown, who was on the City Council from 2008 through 2011 and ran for the GOP mayoral nomination in 2011, is a civil and domestic mediator and owns her own mediation business.

During her announcement at Connolly's Do it Best on Dupont Road, Brown said she supports the elimination of "burdensome tax policies" to boost business expansion and job growth and the replacement of Common Core standards for schools with state standards.

She also said "we need to make sure we have the resources to maintain and grow" Indiana's highway, rail and Internet infrastructure.

About a dozen supporters, including her husband, Steve, joined Brown at her announcement.