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7 in running to succeed Pond in state House

– The deadline to file for the House District 85 caucus passed Friday with seven local men in the race to replace Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven, who died two weeks ago.

The caucus is scheduled for Tuesday at Allen County Republican Party headquarters. About 60 precinct committeepersons will make the selection.

The winner of the caucus will serve the remainder of Pond’s term, ending late next year, and earn an edge in the May primary.

Three men announced their intention to run early – Fort Wayne lawyer Casey Cox, real estate agent Denny Worman and corporate executive Dave Heine.

In addition, four others have filed with the Indiana Republican Party – Ken Richardson, Mike Cameron, Ken Knoblauch and John Nichter.

Pond was an elected precinct committeewoman who was eligible to vote in such caucuses. The vice-committeeperson for her precinct will vote on her replacement Tuesday.