The Indiana General Assembly will have significantly less guaranteed turnover this year compared to 2012 with only a handful of open seats up for grabs.
Following the 2012 legislative session, 23 lawmakers left their seats – most to retirement, some to run for different offices. This year, only eight legislators are leaving their posts.
Here’s a look at some of their seats:
House District 11- Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, is seeking to replace state Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, who opted not to run again after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Two Republicans and two Democrats are running for their party’s nominations for Niemeyer’s seat.
House District 48- Rep. Tim Neese, R-Elkhart is retiring. Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination. No Democrats are running.
House District 63- Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, is also running for a seat in the Indiana Senate. Messmer is vying to flip the seat currently held by Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, for Republicans. Hume is retiring after 40 years in the legislature.
Senate District 6- As mentioned, Sen. Sue Landke has decided not to run again after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Two Republicans and two Democrats are running for her seat.
Senate District 15- Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, is retiring after serving 28 years in the state Senate
The Republican primary in Wyss’ district is considered the most hotly-contested, with the Allen County Council President, a former Fort Wayne City Councilor and the Allen County Sheriff all vying for the nomination.
Senate District 27- Sen. Allen Paul, R-Richmond, is also retiring. Four Republicans and one Democrat are running for Paul’s seat.
Senate District 43- Sen. Johnny Nugent, R-Lawrenceburg, is retiring. Three Republicans and one Democrat are vying for his seat.
Senate District 48- As mentioned, Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, is retiring after 40 years in the legislature. Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, is running against Ted Metzger for the Republican nomination. Larry Vollmer is the lone Democrat.