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Fall Statehouse races official; no surprises

– Most state lawmakers from northeast Indiana won’t face an opponent in the November election.

Of 16 races, only six are contested following a final deadline to fill vacancies on the ballot.

Political parties had until Thursday to file paperwork.

No new candidates in northeast Indiana were added to the ballot that weren’t already publicly known.

Of the six contested races, four involve incumbents. Two of the races involve open seats caused by resignation or defeat in the primary.

Here are the area races, and the candidates:

Senate District 14 – Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, is running unopposed.

Senate District 15 – Republican Liz Brown and Democrat Jack Morris square off for the seat vacated by Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne.

Senate District 17 – Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, is running unopposed.

Senate District 19 – Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, is running unopposed.

House District 18 – Rep. David Wolkins, R-Warsaw, is running unopposed.

House District 22 – Republican Curt Nisly faces Democrat David Kolbe and Independent Michael Stinfer. Nisly knocked off Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, in May.

House District 50 – Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, is running unopposed.

House District 51 – Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola, is running unopposed.

House District 52 – Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, faces Democrat Charlie Odier.

House District 79 – Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, is running unopposed.

House District 80 – Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, is running unopposed.

House District 81 – Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, faces Democrat Thad Gerardot.

House District 82 – Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, faces Democrat Mike Wilber.

House District 83 – Republican Christopher Judy is running unopposed after defeating Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City, in May.

House District 84 – Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, faces Democrat Fred Haigh.

House District 85 – Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, is running unopposed.

nkelly@jg.net

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