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Democrats Take a Gambill

Ex-trustee sworn in for vacant House seat, will seek full term in November

Rep. Bionca Gambill (D-Terre Haute, right) takes the oath of office from Chief Justice Brent Dickson. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Indiana's newest state representative will be campaigning in November to win a career in the House chamber longer than one day.

Former township trustee Bionca Gambill (D-Terre Haute) replaces Vincennes Democrat Kreg Battles, who resigned last month. She was sworn in in time to take part in a special one-day session to fix errors in two new laws, but the House won't reconvene until after the election. Gambill says she'll spend the time talking to city and county leaders, school and library officials, and sheriffs and police chiefs to get a feel for what her new constituents in the four-county district want.

Gambill says she wants to focus on education issues, local government, and strengthening the middle class.

Gambill's Republican opponent is a former legislator, Bruce Borders. Gambill says she has her own name recognition from years of working with the Democratic Party and from leading the Sullivan-Vigo Rural Water Corporation.

Gambill ran for the House in 2010, losing to Terre Haute Republican Bob Heaton. After redistricting moved her into Battles' district, she says she thought her chance to enter the House had passed.

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