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Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette
Liz Brown announces her candidacy for the state Senate’s 15th District on Wednesday.

Liz Brown seeks GOP nomination in 15th District state Senate race

– Liz Brown chose a north-side hardware store to outline the planks of her campaign for a state Senate seat.

Flanked by bags of de-icer and bins filled with hand tools and gloves, the former Fort Wayne City Council member said she would “continue to work hard to build upon the strong foundation our lawmakers have begun to build here in Indiana.”

A dozen supporters, including her husband, Steve, joined Brown at Connolly’s Do it Best on Dupont Road for her announcement that she is a candidate for the 15th District seat in the May 6 GOP primary.

She is bidding to succeed Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, who does not seek re-election to the seat he has held since 1985.

Also seeking the Republican nomination are Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries; Jeffrey Snyder, chief executive officer of Snyder Food Services; and Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt.

Attorney Jack Morris has filed for the Democratic nomination. He was the party’s nominee in 2010.

Brown spoke at Connolly’s about job growth, education standards and infrastructure.

She said she supports the elimination of “burdensome tax policies” in an attempt to spur business expansion. She would replace Common Core standards for Indiana schools with state-designed student achievement measurements.

And Brown said state lawmakers “need to make sure we have the resources to maintain and grow” Indiana’s highway, rail and Internet infrastructure.

Brown was a member of the City Council from 2008 through 2011 and unsuccessfully sought the GOP mayoral nomination in 2011. She is a civil and domestic mediator.

She had announced her intention to run for state Senate on Oct. 15 at the Allen County Republican Party’s annual Bean Dinner.

bfrancisco@jg.net

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