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Klinker Edges Out Hockema For the Second Time

Indiana House Democrats

Sheila Klinker is headed back to the statehouse for her 17th term as State Representative for District 27.

The Democrat once again held off Republican challenger Chuck Hockema, winning 51.8-percent of the vote.

Klinker admits the media blitz put on by her opponent had her worried.

"I'm very grateful," says Klinker. "I serve on the State Budget Committee, which travels the state to look at priorities for the upcoming session. So I do have some leadership positions that mean a lot to me and I really feel very honored to continue those."

Hockema says he’s disappointed the election didn’t go his way.

But he says the fact that he closed the gap even further compared to the 2012 election has him considering another run for the office in two years.

"I think every person I saw (Tuesday) night came up to me and asked me to run again," says Hockema. "Some of them even pledged a lot of money for my next campaign. So I know that there's more and more support every year it seems like."

Hockema earned 45.5-percent of the vote two years ago.

This time around he garnered 48.2-percent.

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