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Republican Sheriff Ken Fries announces his candidacy Thursday for the 15th District state Senate seat.

Sheriff to run for state Senate

Fries seeks GOP bid in primary for 15th District

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries announced Thursday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 15th District state Senate seat in the 2014 primary election.

Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, has held the post since 1985 and is not seeking re-election.

“I’m not done making a difference; there’s more I can do,” said Fries, who is prohibited from running for sheriff again when his second term ends next year.

He also announced that former County Council member and mayoral candidate Paula Hughes will be his campaign chairwoman.

One of Fries’ priorities, if elected, is to halt the Common Core K-12 education standards and replace them with Indiana’s own guidelines for reading and math.

His other priorities include job creation and public safety. Fries specifically thinks the drug sentences are too light in the state’s sentencing reform package.

“What is our goal – to reduce crime or to save money? We should be able to work out a solution that does both,” he said.

Fries has a 32-year career in law enforcement, and he has held positions as patrolman, SWAT team member/commander, K-9 patrolman, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, chief deputy and, since 2007, sheriff.

Other Republicans interested in running for Wyss’ open seat include Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt and mayoral candidate Liz Brown.

On the Democratic side, lifelong Fort Wayne resident Jack Morris has already announced he will run again. He unsuccessfully challenged Wyss in 2010.

nkelly@jg.net

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