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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:50 am

Orr to challenge Holdman in Senate 19 GOP primary

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eric Orr announced Wednesday that he will run for the Senate District 19 seat in the 2018 GOP primary.

The Adams County attorney currently operates a law practice in Berne and has held a seat on the Adams County Council for the last nine years.

“It seems that many of our legislators who campaigned on conservative principles have, upon stepping foot inside the State House, forgotten those same principles,” Orr says. “I think many voters are disappointed with the legislative priorities of the current assembly.

He said government programs are expanding and Hoosiers are footing the bill. He added that "the social issues most important to voters have been ignored.”

The seat is currently held by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Berne. Holdman has served since March 2008 and been re-elected several times.

Two years ago he was the point man in trying to find a compromise on civil rights protections for gay, lesbian and bisexual Hoosiers. He also supported setting minimal safety rules for unlicensed daycare ministries.

Holdman has also championed a number of bills increasing abortion restrictions.

Orr said he just wants to give voters a choice in the 2018 primary.

"Every election should present voters with more than one option, but far too often, we're only given the choice between 'R' and 'D,'" he said.