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For Three New State Reps-to-Be, Victory Is Already Assured

Uncontested races include three newcomers

Election Day is more than two months away, but three new state representatives have already been elected.

Jasper business owner Mike Braun has been assured of winning a House seat since July 15, when the deadline passed for Democrats or third parties to recruit an opponent. He'll replace fellow Republican Mark Messmer, who's running for the Senate instead.

Braun says he's hoping to work on health care reforms that use market principles to push down the cost of coverage. He says he's felt the impact of soaring health costs at his company, and says providers need to embrace competition and transparency in pricing or risk a federal push for single-payer coverage.

The Jasper School Board member says he wants to continue the push for increased school accountability, while looking at ways to ensure successful schools don't suffer unintended consequences from measures intended to get failing schools back on track.

Two other Republican freshmen will coast into their seats. Columbia City's Chris Judy is unopposed after unseating Kathy Heuer in the primary. And Elkhart's Doug Miller has gone from one extreme to the other. He's unopposed after surviving Indiana's closest legislative primary of the year. He won a three-way contest to replace retiring Republican Tim Neese by just 98 votes.

44 of the 100 House races are uncontested.

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