Rep. David Yarde, R-Garrett, announced today he will seek the GOP nomination for the newly drawn District 13 Senate seat in 2012 instead of remaining in the Indiana House.
Yarde is serving his second term in House District 52, representing parts of LaGrange, Noble and DeKalb counties. He is a longtime educator.
The new Senate district covers all of Steuben, LaGrange and Noble counties, as well as a portion of DeKalb County.
"This new Senate District represents my old House of Representatives District," Yarde said. "I made a promise to those people to be a strong voice for them. I am not ready to abandon and quit on them."
Yarde's decision is a tough one because he likely would have gone unchallenged running in the House. Now he will face incumbent Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange, in the primary.
She has served the district only one session after being chosen in a caucus to fill the empty seat.
"It'll be challenging but that's good," Yarde said. "The people will have an option."
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