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Elections & Politics

General Assembly Preparing To Fill Three Vacancies Before Session Starts

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The Indiana General Assembly has three vacancies to fill this month before it returns to work January 6th. Republican precinct leaders in northeast Indiana meet Thursday in Huntington, and are expected to name Columbia City Senator Jim Banks‘ wife Amanda to fill in for him while he‘s on active duty with the Navy.

Republicans must also replace Representatives Steve Braun of Zionsville and Eric Turner of Cicero.

State Chairman Tim Berry says three candidates have already filed for Braun’s seat, and at least four more are considering it.

"It is a seat in fertile Republican territory and fairly evenly divided between Hamilton County and Boone County," says Berry. "There are a few more precinct committeemen in Hamilton County than in Boone, but still fairly close."

Berry says former Hamilton Heights school superintendent Tony Cook is the only announced candidate for Turner’s seat.

The caucus is expected to take place in two weeks.

If no one gets a majority on the first two ballots, party rules say the last-place candidate on each ballot will be eliminated.

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