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ELECT endorses 15 candidates for 2014 primaries

—By Kathleen M. Dutro
Public Relations Team

Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT, the political action committee of Indiana Farm Bureau, has made endorsements in the primary races for three congressional seats and 12 legislative seats.

Because Indiana Farm Bureau’s PAC is grassroots-driven, it is more complicated than most. With the ELECT endorsement, candidates have made it through the multi-step process to gain the organization’s support.

In the congressional races, ELECT endorsed:

  • Rep. Susan Brooks, Congressional District 5 (which encompasses all or part of Blackford, Boone, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, Marion and Tipton counties).
  • Rep. Larry Bucshon, CD 8 (encompasses all or parts of Clay, Daviess, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warrick, Crawford, Dubois, Perry and Spencer counties).
  • Rep. Todd Young, CD 9 (encompasses all or parts of Johnson, Morgan, Monroe, Brown, Jackson, Scott, Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Crawford, Orange and Lawrence counties).

In the Indiana Senate primaries, the committee endorsed Rick Niemeyer, Indiana Senate District 6 (which encompasses all or part of Benton, Lake and Newton counties); Ken Fries, S15 (which covers a significant portion of Allen County); R. Bruce Wissel, S27 (encompasses all or part of Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Randolph, Union and Wayne counties); Chip Perfect, S43 (encompasses all or part of Dearborn, Jennings, Ripley, Decatur, Bartholomew and Jackson counties); and Rep. Mark Messmer, S48 (which encompasses all or part of Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties).

In the Indiana House primaries, the endorsed candidates are Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, Indiana House District 22 (which covers parts of Elkhart and Kosciusko counties); Rep. Don Lehe, H25 (encompasses all or part of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, White and Tippecanoe counties); Rep. Jerry Torr, H39 (which covers part of Hamilton County); Adam Bujalski, H48 (which covers the northern part of Elkhart County); Rep. Milo Smith, H59 (which covers much of Bartholomew County); Mike Braun, H63 (encompasses all or part of Daviess, Dubois, Martin and Pike counties); and Rep. Casey Cox, H85 (covers eastern and northeastern Allen County).

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