GOP Seeks New Blood After Monroe County Redistricting Issue

If two Republican county councilors drawn into the same district decided to run for reelection, they would face each another in 2014.

Marty Hawk

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Monroe County Council District 3 representative Marty Hawk and District 2 representative Ryan Langley now live in the same district, after Langley moved.

Republican Monroe County Councilor Ryan Langley, who inadvertently moved into the district of fellow GOP councilor Marty Hawk, says he is not sure if the two will ever face one another in a primary election. But, Langley says the issue does highlight the need for his party to recruit more qualified candidates.

The two Republican councilors would not have to face one another until 2014. But if neither one of them moves, the council stands a chance of going back to its previous 6-1 Democratic majority if one ousts the other in a primary.

Langley says he and Hawk have not talked about how the new district boundaries will affect their political futures, but says it is incumbent on local GOP leaders to find new blood to inject into the political process.

“We absolutely need to make some inroads on getting some more candidate and qualified candidates and getting a candidate for every open slot. A lot of those races aren’t even contested.”

Monroe County Council President Geoff McKim says even if the Republicans lose a seat because of the redistricting, that’s not equivalent to handing power to a united bloc of Democratic lawmakers.

“You know, anybody who watches local politics in Monroe County will see the Democrats are hardly monolithic,” McKim says. “The Democrats by themselves represent a very wide spectrum on a number of issues.”

Langley says he’ll talk first to his family before deciding whether to stand for re-election in 2014.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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