15th Dist. State Senate Primary Race One To Watch (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 11:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – There are many local political vacancies that will be determined by the Primary Election, but one race people are paying close attention to is the State Senate seat for the 15th District, which is part of Allen County.

Just weeks before the primary election, those running for local and state seats gathered at a "Meet the Candidates” forum at Greater Fort Wayne Wednesday night.

Jack Morris is running for the seat for the second time. As the lone Democrat in the race, he claims if elected before, he would've prevented the issues around Common Core.

"They forget Common Core was passed by a Republican Administration and Republican Legislature and then, four years later, a Republican Legislature took it away, wasting a ton of tax payers dollars,” said Morris.

Current County Councilman Darren Vogt says he's also concerned about education, particularly school funding and job preparation.

"When you look at our school systems, how our school systems locally get less funding, I'm the only candidate talking about that. I'm the only candidate talking about jobs and making sure our education and our workforce are trained together so they're getting educated for jobs of the future, not just getting a degree. They're getting a degree that's related to jobs out there in the workforce,” said Vogt.

Ken Fries, who cannot seek reelection as Allen County Sheriff, believes jobs are the biggest issue.

"Government should not be creating jobs. Government should get out of the way so business can create jobs. That's what we did with our business, we created a job, not with the help of government, but more with the intrusion of government,” said Fries.

Newcomer and owner of Snyder Food Service, Jeffrey Snyder, claims to be the candidate who will think outside of the box for solutions on things like taxes.

"We pay plenty of taxes. We don't need to have more taxes, but we do need to figure out and make sure that what we are paying is best spent and most efficiently being used,” said Snyder.

Former City Councilwoman Liz Brown is no stranger to politics. She says familiarity and experience will be on her side, along with being pro-life.

"I've proven that I will work hard to save our tax dollars to cut wasteful spending and follow through on those social issues,” said Brown.

The Primary Election is Tuesday, May 6.




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