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Morris, Fries possible challengers for Wyss

Lifelong Fort Wayne resident Jack Morris is lining up for a second shot at the Senate District 15 seat currently held by veteran Fort Wayne Republican Sen. Tom Wyss.

Morris, a Democrat, challenged Wyss in 2010 and lost decisively. Now he wants another shot in 2014.

A news release said he will formally announce his candidacy this afternoon. He is a local attorney interested in funding Indiana education, improving homeland security and bolstering the state's economy.

"I wish him well but not success," said Wyss.

He told Political Notebook he will run again even though it had been rumored that his current term might be his last.

Morris won't likely be Wyss' top opponent, as Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries is considering a primary challenge.

Fries said in 2012 he planned to run – but that was before an ethics flap involving Paul Moss and a drunk-driving stop.

Now Fries said he is "probably" going to run.

"It's still on the radar," he said. "My wife and I have had many discussions."

Fries expects a firm decision will come fairly soon, though he is waiting until he can chat with Wyss about the race.

"I have known him for many, many years. If he decides he's still going to run or not, I don't want to blindside him," Fries said.

Term limits prevent Fries from serving a third term as sheriff, and his tenure ends in 2014.

Wyss has served Fort Wayne in the Senate since he was appointed in 1985. He is a moderate Republican voice in the chamber, which has become much more conservative.

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