FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Republican primary race for the Indiana State Senate seat in District 15 is one of the most hotly contested races this primary election. Four people were hoping to win a spot on the ballot in November.
After 28 years at the Statehouse, Tom Wyss decided to not seek re-election. Former Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Liz Brown, Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt, Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries and businessman Jeff Snyder all ran to replace him on the Republican ticket.
The candidates all spent Election Day visiting voters and making the rounds at the polls.
“I’m just really happy with how our campaign has been. It’s been very positive and I think we sent the right message out,” Brown said.
Snyder said anyone in a primary has a little apprehension.
“Did I do everything I should and could? Did I miss anything? Is my message right? Did the people hear it? Are they ready for something different,” he said.
Fries said the last few weeks up to election day are very busy.
“Then this day comes and it’s surreal it’s finally here. I think it’s going to be a good day. We got out early and we’ll stay late and in the end I think we’ll be happy,” Fries said.
Vogt said this race has been exciting and tough.
“I’m excited. It’s been one of those things we’ve been working up to the last six months. I was trying to figure out what to do today and I’ve got a game plan. Get out the vote. The key today is to get the vote out,” Vogt said.
The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Jack Morris in the November election. Morris was uncontested in the primary.