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County voters to select 2 national leg. spots, 1 for state
Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:06 AM
Huntington County residents voting on Nov. 6 will be asked to select a member of the United States Senate, a third district representative in the U.S. House and a 50th district representative for the Indiana House.
The candidates are:
United States Senate
Three men are seeking election to the United States Senate seat held for 36 years by Sen. Richard Lugar.
Richard Mourdock, the Republican who defeated Lugar in this spring's primary, is joined on the ballot by Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning.
Mourdock, 61, of Darmstadt, currently serving as Indiana's state treasurer, was first elected to that position in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He previously worked in the private sector for 30 years, managing businesses in the energy, environmental and construction industries. He also served two terms as a county commissioner in Vanderburgh County.
He is a licensed geologist and holds a master's degree in geology from Ball State University and a bachelor's degree from Defiance College. He has been active in Christian missions in Bolivia.
Donnelly, 57, of Granger, is currently serving his third term as congressman from Indiana's second district and is a member of the financial services and veterans affairs committees.
Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Notre Dame and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1980. He was a member of the law firm of Nemeth, Feeny and Masters, South Bend, and operated a small business in Mishawaka.
He is a former member of the Indiana State Election Board and the school board for Mishawaka Marian High School. He is a member of St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, South Bend.
Horning, 54, of Freedom, has worked in cardiovascular health care since 1979. He has helped develop several medical imaging devices and medical workflow systems and has authored or coauthored several clinical papers.
A former cartoonist, Horning also does medical illustration and has taught anatomy, physiology and ultrasound physics. He has written a newspaper column and served as an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation.
Third Congressional District
Huntington County, previously a part of Indiana's fifth congressional district, will be voting for the first time this fall as a member of the third congressional district.
As part of the fifth district, the county is represented by Dan Burton, who will remain Huntington County's representative until he leaves office at the end of the year.
After the first of the year, Huntington County will be represented by the third district congressman - either incumbent Marlin Stutzman, a Republican, or Democrat challenger Kevin Boyd.
Stutzman, 36, of Howe, has served in that office since 2010. He is a deputy whip for the Republican House Caucus and serves on the House committees on agriculture, budget and veterans' affairs. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008 and in the Indiana State Senate from 2008 to 2010.
A fourth-generation farmer, Stutzman is co-owner of Stutzman Farms, a 4,500-acre operation producing soybeans, green beans and seed corn. He is a member of Community Baptist Church and has served on several short-term mission trips. He is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, ARC of Indiana, Indiana Farm Bureau, Howe Community Association, the NRA and several right-to-life organizations.
Boyd, 46, of Fort Wayne, has served as minister at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, for 23 years. He previously served a Blackford County church for seven years. Since 2007, Boyd has also worked as assistant manager at a Fort Wayne insurance company.
Republican Dan Leonard has represented the 50th district in the Indiana House of Representatives since 2002.
His opponent in the Nov. 6 election is Democrat R. Michael Wallin, whose campaign is apparently limited to placing his name on the ballot. Wallin, a resident of rural Markle in Wells County, could not be reached by The TAB. Wells County Democrat Chairman Jim Paxton and Huntington County Democrat Chairman Randy Bellamy both say they've heard nothing from Wallin.
Leonard, of Huntington, is CEO of Southside Furniture in Huntington. He holds a degree in industrial management from Purdue University. He is a former president of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of the Salvation Army. He also served as president of the former South Side Business Association in Huntington.
As a state representative, Leonard is the ranking minority member on the labor and employment committee. He also serves on the judiciary and natural resources committees.