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Wednesday, April 04, 2018 9:04 am

Rep. Dave Ober's term to be filled April 26

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Republican Party announced Wednesday the caucus to fill the remainder of Rep. Dave Ober's term will be April 26.

The term runs through the November election, and his successor will participate in the May special session being called by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Ober resigned effective Sunday and started his new job at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission the next day.

He served House District 82 for six years but decided not to seek re-election and move to Indianapolis for his upcoming marriage..

"David Ober's work at the Statehouse over the last six years has been a credit to the Hoosiers he's served in Northeast Indiana," said Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer. "From his work on the state's budget committee to his efforts on important utility issues, Ober's time in the House has helped further the future of our state, and I look forward to witnessing the next chapter of his continued public service.”

The district includes all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

A caucus of precinct committee members will pick a successor at the April 26 caucus, which is being held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2290 N. State Road 9 in Albion. It starts at 7 p.m.

Republican Noble County Commissioner Dave Abbott filed for the seat for the 2018 primary election after Ober announced he was leaving. He is a frontrunner in the caucus but anyone is allowed to sign up to fill the vacancy.

Individuals interested in running in the caucus should contact the State Party Secretary at secretary@indiana.gop to ensure they file the proper forms prior to the deadline, which is 72 hours prior to the vote.

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