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Which Statehouse Seats Are Up For Grabs In Today’s Primary

Eight legislators are leaving their seats, either to retire or run for another office.

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Most of the open seats have been caused by retirements.

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 11Rep. 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.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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