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The primary election choices below are informed by hours of interviews with the candidates, as well as close study of the issues they will face as officeholders. Read the complete endorsements at www.journalgazette.net/endorsements.
Allen County Sheriff:
Three decades of experience has left Gladieux with an understanding of the department’s challenges and a clear vision of its mission.
O’Day has shown she is willing to stand up for the average taxpayer when a big player wants a big break. Most notably, she battled the owner of Glenbrook Square to a settlement last year that allowed the county to keep 90 percent of disputed taxes – $20 million.
For more than 11 years, Karen Richards has run the prosecutor’s office in Indiana’s second-biggest city toughly and competently.
Allen County Commissioner, District 3:
After 12 years on the council, Buskirk has proved a strong advocate for responsible government as well as a vicar for cooperation between the county and the city of Fort Wayne. Allen County Council, District 3:
(Sordelet), a chief deputy of the Allen County Board of Voter Registration, offers voters a mix of common sense and caring that make her stand out in a five-person race.
Indiana Senate District 15
An insurance agency owner with 12 years of experience in local government, he possesses the broadest set of skills in budgeting, economic development, tax policy, transportation and more.
Indiana House District 22
Kubacki emerged in her second term as a vocal advocate for women and children. (She) accomplished what many others have failed to do – standing up to the bullying tactics of Advance America to push through common-sense rules for church-based child care programs.
Indiana House District 83
Heuer has held an unwavering focus on jobs in her first two terms, accruing an impressive record aimed at creating more employment opportunities.
Indiana House District 84
The Fort Wayne attorney has the commitment, talent and demeanor to emerge as a leader not only in the northeast Indiana delegation, but in the entire General Assembly.
Indiana House District 85
Cox managed in his first legislative session to demonstrate a firm grasp of a sometimes-contentious legislative process and emerge as the best candidate