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Moss explores state legislature

Allen County Councilman Paul Moss, R-at-large, is considering whether to seek a seat in the Statehouse next year.

Moss on Tuesday said he filed paperwork with the state to create an exploratory committee for the purpose of possibly running for House District 52. The newly drawn district includes all of DeKalb County, much of Perry Township in Allen County – where Moss resides – and part of southeast Steuben County.

Moss first ran for council in 2004, when he was awarded the seat early by caucus after the departure of Margaret Ankenbruck. He won election in 2004 and 2008.

The house seat is currently held by Rep. David Yarde, R-Garrett, but Yarde has expressed an interest in running for Senate District 13 next year against incumbent Republican Sue Glick, of LaGrange.

Moss's council seat is up for election next year, so a choice to run for the legislature would prevent him from seeking a third council term. He said he sees the move as a natural progression politically and a way to be involved in decisions statewide.

"This is simply a natural progression in my effort to reduce the tax burden on hard working Hoosiers," he said in a release.

Moss, 48, lives in Huntertown and is CEO of MedPartners, a joint venture between Lutheran Health Network and Three Rivers Medical Associates that provides group health products to employers throughout northeast Indiana. He also serves as a senior vice president for Lutheran.

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