GOPAC today announced its support for five Republican candidates running for the Indiana State House. A national organization dedicated to educating and electing the next generation of Republican leaders, GOPAC’s endorsement for Republicans Sharon Negele (HD-13), Harold Slager (HD-15), Alan Morrison (HD-42), Peggy Mayfield (HD-60) and Thomas Washburne (HD-64) is aimed at boosting the current 60-40 GOP majority in the Indiana State House to a quorum-proof 67 seats. In addition to the importance of these five races as a bellwether in the GOP’s mission to obtain a supermajority, the Republican candidates represent the conservative values and leadership qualities that embody GOPAC’s mission of limited, free-market government.
“GOPAC is honored and excited to support five Republican candidates for the Indiana State House,” said GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli. “Under strong Republican leadership from the State Legislature and Governor Mitch Daniels, Indiana has been a leader on balancing budgets and real education reform. Enhancing the majority in the State House will allow Indiana Republicans to advance their agenda to grow jobs and improve education for future generations.”
Republican Sharon Negele of Attica faces Democrat Mark Straw in House District 13 where incumbent Rep. Chester Dobis (D) is not running for re-election and the GOP looks to pick up a seat. In Lake County’s House District 15, Republican Harold Slager is running against Thomas O’Donnell (D) in this Democratic county as incumbent Rep. Donald Lehe (R) seeks re-election in the 25th House District. Republican Alan Morrison is running for the open seat in House District 42 where Democrat Mark Spelbring is also seeking to replace incumbent Rep. Floyd Grubb (D) who is not running for re-election.
In another area where Republicans are expanding their reach into Democratic territory, Republican challenger Peggy Mayfield is looking to unseat State Rep. Peggy Welch (HD-60) who has held the seat covering Morgan and Monroe Counties since 1998. And in the 64th House District in the Evansville area, the GOP’s Thomas Washburne is a potential pick-up as he faces Democrat Mark Norton in their bid to replace Rep. Kreg Battles (D) who is running this year for House District 45.