FORT WAYNE – A highlight of the Allen County Republican Party’s annual Bean Dinner is when candidates for the next primary election introduce themselves to the audience.
Their intentions could change before filing deadlines in February, of course. But if the pronouncements made Tuesday night pan out, Republicans will have contested primaries for at least three seats in the Indiana General Assembly.
Liz Brown, a former member of the Fort Wayne City Council, and Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt announced plans at the dinner at Ceruti’s Summit Park to seek the Senate District 15 seat of retiring Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne.
Rep. Casey Cox said he will run in House District 85. Cox recently won a GOP caucus to fill the term of veteran Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven, who died Sept. 22.
Two people whom Cox defeated in the caucus vote – Dave Heine and Denny Worman – announced their candidacies Tuesday for Cox’s seat in the May 6 primary election.
Michael Barranda repeated his July announcement to run in House District 84 against Rep. Bob Morris.
Two people confirmed their candidacies for Allen County sheriff to succeed term-limited incumbent Ken Fries: Chief Deputy Dave Gladieux and Indiana State Police Sgt. Luke NaThalang.
Also at the dinner were two Republicans seeking the nomination for state treasurer: Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold and Don Bates of Winchester. Bates ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and for the U.S. House in 2012.
A treasurer candidate will be nominated in June at the GOP state convention in Fort Wayne. Republican incumbent Richard Mourdock is term-limited.