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Columbus Representative Facing Primary Challenger

Ryan Laurer (left) campaigns for a seat on the Bartholomew County Council.

Bartholomew County Council President Ryan Lauer is challenging Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, in the upcoming Republican primary.

Smith has most recently been recognized as the man who got the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to the House floor after it stalled in another committee.

But Lauer is not focusing on the amendment.

“If I was part of the process of the legislature, I think I would have a strong role in the language that ultimately resulted. It’s paramount that the question be clear and concise and that marriage be between a man and a woman,” he says.

He say he is running his campaign on economic and education issues.

“I’m a strong proponent of evidence-based practices, that we look for good ways to measure schools on an even playing field,” he says. “That gives the opportunity for teachers, students and parent parents to make an assessment of their school.”

Lauer says people began urging him to run last fall.

Friday is the final day candidates can file to run in the Indiana primaries.

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