Another area man is throwing his hat in the ring to replace Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven.
Dave Heine sent a letter expressing interest in the post to all the precinct committee persons voting in the Oct. 8 caucus for Pond's successor.
Her current term ends in late 2014, with a new two-year term up for grabs next year.
"I will work hard to represent the 85th District in the Indiana state legislature keeping the constituents in mind at all times while striving to uphold conservative Republican values," he said.
Heine has lived in House District 85 his whole life. He is a corporate executive and owner/operator of a family farm.
He is also a precinct committee person himself who can vote in the caucus.
So far Heine joins the field along with Fort Wayne attorney Casey Cox – who had decided to run for the post even before Pond's announcement – and realtor Denny Worman, who has challenged Pond several times in the past.
Several precinct committee persons have said Ric Runestad has also been calling around for support. He has not returned several messages seeking comment.
Runestad in 2010 led an effort to try to remove then-Allen Superior Court Judge Ken Scheibenberger from the ballot. He also unsuccessfully challenged Allen County GOP Chairman Steve Shine for that post in 2009.
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