Huntington resident Snyder to run for Indiana 17th District Senate seat

Gary Snyder has announced that he plans to be a candidate in 2018 for the 17th District Indiana Senate seat currently held by Andy Zay.
Gary Snyder has announced that he plans to be a candidate in 2018 for the 17th District Indiana Senate seat currently held by Andy Zay. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington resident Gary Snyder says he plans to seek the Democrat nomination for Indiana’s 17th District Senate seat.

During an appearance on Monday, May 1, at Café of Hope, Snyder says he plans to focus his campaign on improving the job situation in Indiana — specifically repealing right-to-work laws, which prohibit unions from mandating that nonmembers pay fees to the unions for representing them, and raising the minimum wage.

“You’re going to hear me talking about wages,” Snyder said. “Wages, wages, wages.”

Snyder also said he supports the legalization of marijuana and alcohol sales on Sundays. He also wants to return the state superintendent of education to an elected position.

The next primary won’t take place until May of 2018, but Snyder says he wants to get a head start on his campaign.

“This is a very, very red district,” he said. “Announcing early allows me 18 months before the general election next year — that’s if I don’t have a primary opponent.”

The 17th Senate District seat is currently held by Andy Zay, a Huntington businessman.

Snyder is president of the Indiana Talks Radio network and host of The Gary Snyder Show on IndianaTalks.com.

The district includes all or parts of Grant, Huntington, Wabash and Whitley counties, and Snyder swung through all four counties on Monday to announce his plans.

Dropping in on the Huntington gathering was Jorge Fernandez, a Democrat who challenged State Rep. Dan Leonard for his 50th District seat in 2016. Fernandez says he’s considering a second run against Leonard in 2018.