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Snyder joins race

The race to succeed Fort Wayne Republican Sen. Tom Wyss is getting crowded.

Fort Wayne businessman Jeff Snyder offically filed Monday to seek the Republican nomination in Senate District 15.

Wyss is not seeking re-election and the rare open state Senate seat has attracted attention.

"I declared my candidacy today to let Allen County residents know they have a choice besides the usual career politicians that look at the state legislature as a stepping stone," Snyder said.

He is the CEO of Snyder Food Services. growing it from seven to 70 employees since 1990.

"For decades, I have seen firsthand the negative consequences of the career politicians who haven't had to make a payroll or struggle to make ends meet," Snyder said. "I will be the voice of the tax payer not the tax collectors and spenders."

Snyder lives in Fort Wayne with his wife of 38 years, Ann.

"I plan on taking the common sense conservative mindset that has helped me grow our family business to Indianapolis to fight for Fort Wayne families and taxpayers," he said.

Others running for the seat include Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt and mayoral candidate Liz Brown.

On the Democratic side, lifelong Fort Wayne resident Jack Morris will run again.

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