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Brown asserts mediator claim in Vogt mailer false


– The Republican primary race for the open state Senate District 15 seat took a turn Friday when one candidate took issue with another candidate’s mailer questioning her record.

Former Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Liz Brown, Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, businessman Jeff Snyder and Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt are vying to replace the retiring Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne.

Indiana voters will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the Republican and Democratic primary elections.

Vogt’s campaign sent out a mailer saying Brown may be a registered mediator, “but there are no records of her ever mediating a case.”

Brown conducted a news conference Friday to say that is patently false.

“I have mediated domestic cases right here in Allen County,” Brown said. “In fact, I received a payment today from the Allen County auditor, which is public record.”

Brown said she has mediated about 20 cases and that her involvement in them is also public record.

“I just wanted to make sure people know that,” Brown said. “I just wanted to make sure everyone had the facts.”

She refused to comment on Vogt, his campaign or the flier except to say that the claim is untrue.

Vogt said he stands by the flier.

“The claim is there’s no records of her ever mediating a case, that’s the issue,” Vogt said. “The Indiana Supreme Court Registry shows zero cases filed with the state of Indiana.”