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Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:00 am

Candidates file for state legislature primaries

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Hoosiers from around the area came to the Statehouse last week to file for the state Senate and House primary election.

First up, the Senate:

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, has filed for re-election in Senate District 14. He has served the district since 2004.

Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington, is running in Senate District 17, while Democrat Gary L. Snyder has filed in the same district.

Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, is seeking re-election is Senate District 19. He has served the district since 2008. He gets a primary challenge from Adams County Councilman Eric Orr.

In the House:

Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, seeks his third term in House District 22.

Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, filed for re-election in House District 50, where Democrat Jorge Fernandez is also running for that seat.

Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, wants to return to represent House District 52.

Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, filed for re-election in House District 80. He has served the district since 2006.

Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, seeks his fourth term in House District 81; Democrat Kyle Miller has also filed for that seat.

And Rep. Dave Heine, R-New Haven, wants to return to House District 85.

Cursive slant

Every year there is a bill to require that schools teach cursive writing, and 2018 is no different.

But during a recent hearing on the bill, Indiana Chamber of Commerce executive Caryl Auslander had a great tweet – pointing out that Gov. Eric Holcomb doesn't sign in cursive. His first name looks a bit linked in his signature, but “Holcomb” is no doubt block letters.

March scheduled

Allen County Right to Life will conduct its 44th annual March for Life on Jan. 27 in downtown Fort Wayne to protest the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 that legalized abortion.

The organization said in a news release it expects thousands to participate.

The march will begin at noon with a rally at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Adoption advocate Vander Vliet of Indianapolis, the birth mother of a child given up for adoption, will speak.

After the rally, attendees will march through downtown to the E. Ross Adair Federal Building, where members of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will speak.

“As long as society accepts abortion, you will find us marching for the preborn boys and girls who cannot march on their own,” Abigail Lorenzen, Allen County Right to Life operations and media director, said in a statement.

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