FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Liz Brown, the winner of the Indiana Senate District 15 Republican Primary, sent out a statement to media after learning of her victory.
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Brown is running for the seat Tom Wyss vacated after more than 28 years at the statehouse. Wyss wasn’t vocal in the campaign, but said on Tuesday that he supported Brown.
“She has good conservative credentials. I think she will represent all the district. She has conservative beliefs and she will listen to everyone,” Wyss said.
“I give my heartfelt thanks to the voters for placing their confidence in me. I pledge to work hard to ensure we will win again in November. Our state needs leaders willing to stand up for conservative principles, and I will be ready to stand up on day one. Voters have shared that they want a senator who will fight for economic prosperity, fiscal restraint, protections for the unborn and the family, and local control of education. I will be their voice in Indianapolis.
“Throughout the campaign, I enjoyed the focus that together my opponents and I could bring to issues facing the district and our state. I wish my opponents the best in their future endeavors. I know that they all truly care about our region and I know they will continue to make Allen County a better place to live and work.
“I couldn’t have won this Primary without the hard work of my volunteers. I also thank my husband and my seven kids for their unwavering support.”
Brown served as an at-large member of the Fort Wayne City Council from 2008 to 2011.
Her closest challenger was Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries.
“It’s bittersweet. You always know you could win or you could lose and anytime you’re a candidate it’s mountains and valleys,” Fries said. “We ran a good campaign and we ran it on honor and character and integrity and I will always do that.”
Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt questioned Brown’s career as a mediator toward the end of the campaign, but said he didn’t intend it to be an attack.
“If I could go back, I’d try to knock on a few more doors. The holes in my shoes say we knocked on a lot of them, but we didn’t get to all of them in reality. My message was clear and resonated with a lot of people, but at the end of the day, I didn’t get enough votes and that’s okay,” Vogt said.
Vogt and Fries both said they have no immediate plans to run for another office.
The fourth candidate, Jeff Snyder, did’t return NewsChannel 15’s phone call Tuesday night for a comment.
Brown now faces Democrat Jack Morris in the November election.