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Darren Vogt favors fewer regulations, so companies such as software-maker Aptera, where he launched his campaign on Thursday, can grow.

Vogt launches Senate campaign

Details platform of lower taxes, stronger schools

– Darren Vogt said Thursday his state Senate campaign will stress low taxes, fewer business regulations and aligning schools with employers.

Vogt kicked off his bid for the Republican nomination in the 15th District at Aptera, a downtown software development company across Harrison Street from Allen County GOP headquarters.

Vogt is in his 12th year on the County Council. He said his attributes for a state Senate seat include “my experience, my commitment to the community, my integrity, leadership and passion.”

He wants to succeed Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, who does not seek re-election this year. Wyss has been in the Senate since 1985.

Other candidates for the GOP nomination in the 15th District are former Fort Wayne City Council member Liz Brown; Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries; and Jeffrey Snyder, chief executive officer of Snyder Food Services. Attorney Jack Morris is unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the May 6 primary election.

More than two dozen supporters attended Vogt’s campaign kickoff event.

“We need to make sure Indianapolis is out of the way of businesses. We can’t have needless regulation,” Vogt said about the state government. “We need to keep our taxes low so companies like … Aptera can grow from 80 employees to maybe 120 employees.”

Vogt, who operates an insurance agency, said schools and businesses should be aligned so that graduates are prepared to enter the workforce. He mentioned the need for vocational training for high school students not bound for college.

Vogt said he would be a proponent for public education and for families to choose their children’s schools.

“We’ve got to make sure that education is funded and funded to the fullest extent that it can be,” he said. “Schools need to have choice. Competition is good. Competition is good among businesses; it’s good among schools as well.”