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Election Coverage

Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
State Sen. David Long chats with Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards at the GOP gathering at Ceruti’s on Tuesday. Long easily won re-election.

GOP sweep in area races for House

Democrat Moses loses seat to critic of caucus walkouts


– Republicans were set to retain control of both state legislative chambers late Tuesday as election returns rolled in, with one major upset brewing locally.

With 70 percent of the vote in, veteran Rep. Win Moses, D-Fort Wayne, was trailing Republican Martin Carbaugh by 52 percent to 44 percent. Libertarian Alex Avery had about 4 percent of the vote.

The Indiana House is currently controlled by Republicans 60-40.

The GOP is hoping to increase that to at least 67, so Democrats could not break quorum.

Late Tuesday, GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma anticipated Republicans would have a super majority by the time all the returns came in.

Moses, 69, has served in the Indiana House since 1992, focusing on consumer utility issues. He also previously was mayor of Fort Wayne.

Republican Martin Carbaugh, 32, is a financial services consultant who criticized Moses for taking part in a walkout in the Indiana House. He wants to keep government focused on core services and not branch out in local government or private-sector issues.

The Indiana Senate has been controlled by Republicans 37-13 and it appeared that wouldn’t change much.

The only local Senate race involved Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, who beat Democrat Tom Keen by 65 percent to 35 percent.

Long, 57, has served 16 years in the Indiana Senate and before that was a Fort Wayne City Councilman. He has led the chamber since 2006, focusing on balanced budgets and right-to-work legislation.

Keen, 56, is in marketing and business development for a defense contractor and formerly served in the Navy.

He ran on veterans issues, as well as right-to-work – which he considers anti-union.

Senate District 16 covers the western half of Allen County.

Long had a large fundraising edge, raising nearly $1 million and still having more than $400,000 on hand at the last reporting deadline.

All legislative seats carry a base salary of about $23,000. With daily expense pay and leadership posts, though, legislative pay ranges from $48,000 to almost $70,000.

Here is how other area House races were shaping up with almost all returns counted:

House District 50

Incumbent Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, easily won his sixth term in the Indiana House, receiving 69 percent of the vote over Democrat Mike Wallin.

The 63-year-old furniture store owner has been the caucus’ lead on unemployment compensation issues.

Wallin, 54, of Markle, attended trade school and is a maintenance worker at BF Goodrich.

The district serves Huntington County and parts of Wells and Adams counties.

House District 52

Republican Ben Smaltz, 42, of Auburn won the open seat in this district.

He tallied 71 percent of the votes to get the victory over Democrat Charles Odier of St. Joe.

Smaltz has been a DeKalb County councilman since 2002. Odier is a union member running for office for the first time.

The district serves DeKalb County and parts of Allen and Steuben counties.

House District 79

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, clobbered his Democrat opponent, Mike Snyder, 67 percent to 33 percent.

Lehman, 49, won his third term in the Indiana House. He owns an insurance company and specializes in that field in the legislature.

Snyder, 55, of Decatur is a longtime union leader who had never run for office before.

The district serves Adams County and parts of Allen and Wells counties.

House District 82

Republican David Ober, 25, of Albion captured the empty seat over Democrat Mike Wilber of LaOtto.

Ober, a Web developer, received 67 percent of the vote. He previously had one unsuccessful bid for elected office.

Wilber is a sheet metal worker also with little political experience.

The district serves Noble County and parts of Allen, Whitley and LaGrange counties.

House District 83

Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City, successfully won a second term in the Indiana House.

She defeated Democrat John Good of Fort Wayne by taking 73 percent of the vote.

Heuer, 64, is a real estate broker focusing on economic development issues in the chamber. Good did not respond to Journal Gazette requests for interviews during the election season.

The district serves most of Whitley County and a small portion of Allen County.

House District 84

Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, rallied past his controversial comments criticizing the Girl Scouts to win a second term in the Indiana House.

Morris, 37, received 59 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Democrat Lee Jordan came in second with 36 percent. Libertarian James Hanson received 4 percent.

All three men are from Fort Wayne, which the district serves.

House District 85

Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven, will serve an 18th term in the Indiana House, defeating two challengers in her race Tuesday night.

Pond, 81, is a retired teacher who has been in the state legislature since 1978.

She received 65 percent of the vote, followed by 29-year-old Democrat Evan Smith of Fort Wayne with 28 percent. Constitution Party candidate Audrey Queckboerner received 7 percent.

Smith is a teacher, while Queckboerner is a 44-year-old homemaker and Web designer from Leo.

The district serves northeastern Allen County.

House District 18

Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, held off Democratic challenger Christopher Wright of Warsaw.

He received 70 percent of the vote compared with Wright’s 30 percent.

Wolkins has served 24 years in the Indiana House, focusing on the environment and government efficiency.

Wright did not respond to The Journal Gazette during the election cycle.

The district serves Wabash and parts of Kosciusko, Grant and Howard counties.

House District 22

Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, handily won her bid for re-election, earning 76 percent of the vote over Democrat John Bonitati of Warsaw.

Kubacki, 60, is a community leader and former stay-at-home mother. She sought a second term in the Indiana House.

Bonitati, 56, is a marketing manager at DePuy with only one prior run for elected office.

The district serves parts of Kosciusko and Elkhart counties

House District 51

Angola dentist Dennis Zent captured the open seat in northeast Indiana with 67 percent of the vote over Democrat Long Keyes of Fremont.

Zent, 64, wants to focus on economic development issues in the legislature.

Keyes, 50, is a pharmacist who ran on adequate funding for K-12 education.

The district serves most of Steuben and LaGrange counties.