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Berne lawmaker wins hometown accolades

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, took a little ribbing from his House Republican colleagues last week for being named Citizen of the Year by the Berne Chamber of Commerce, an honor he was truly touched by.

The son of a milkman and a homemaker, Lehman received the award “due to his pro-activeness to communicate to businesses and organizations within Berne and Adams County” regarding important issues that will affect them personally and professionally.

The chamber said he has contributed vital information about laws that affect everyone who lives in the Berne community and the state.

“He has made himself available to answer questions to the best of available information that he had at town hall meetings and joint Adams County Chamber of Commerce meeting and he has represented the Berne community well by the way he has conducted himself as an elected official during these meetings,” the chamber said.

The group also gave a nod to Lehman’s wife, Joye, and his three daughters, who stand behind him and allow him to be gone each week to be an active part of the legislative session.

Lehman is a Berne resident and part owner of Bixler Insurance.

Moses on hot seat

Win Moses, former Fort Wayne mayor and ex-state legislator, will be the subject of a roast to raise money for a scholarship fund.

United Auto Workers Local 2209, the bargaining unit at the General Motors assembly plant in southwest Allen County, will roast Moses on Feb. 22 at its union hall west of the plant, at 5820 E. Huntington County Road 900 North.

Moses, a Democrat, was a member of the City Council in the 1970s, a two-term mayor in the 1980s and a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1992 until 2012.

Tickets for the roast are $35 a person or $280 for a table of eight people. Proceeds will benefit the Local 2209 Civil and Human Rights Committee Scholarship Fund.

Cocktails will be available at 6 p.m., dinner will be at 7 and the roast will be from 7:45 to 9. Reservations are due Feb. 12; call 260-672-2209.

3 join Lugar series

Three residents of northeast Indiana are among 20 women from around the state selected for the current class of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Class members include Lana Keesling, who manages accounting, benefits and information systems departments for CWC Logistics in Fort Wayne; state Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse; and Sofia Rosales-Scatena, an officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department and president of the local Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

The nonprofit Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is a women’s leadership development program whose goal is to increase the number of Republican women in local, state and national elective and appointive offices.

The program, which lasts nine months and concludes with a graduation ceremony in Washington, D.C., has trained 421 women since its inception in 1990.

Crowded house

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

Fort Wayne businessman Jeff Snyder officially 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 steppingstone,” Snyder said.

He is the CEO of Snyder Food Services and has grown 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 taxpayer, not the tax collectors and spenders.”

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

Others running for the Republican nomination include Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt and former Fort Wayne City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Liz Brown. On the Democratic side, lifelong Fort Wayne resident Jack Morris will run again.

2 Democrats in race

Fort Wayne resident John Roberson has announced by mail that he again will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House in Indiana’s 3rd District.

Roberson sent fliers to Political Notebook that identify him as a conservative Democrat and Vietnam War veteran who would advocate for the rights of women and workers.

The former city police officer and retired truck driver attracted 7.7 percent of the vote in the 2012 Democratic primary election, finishing last in a six-candidate field.

Justin Kuhnle of Kendallville announced last year he will run again in this year’s Democratic primary, which will be May 6. Kuhnle placed fourth in the 2012 primary, attracting 10.1 percent of the vote.

Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Howe is expected to seek his third full term in Congress.

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