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Curt Nisly, Republican challenger for the District 22 seat in the Indiana House. (Photo supplied)

Indiana State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, District 22 (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers, left, has endorsed Curt Nisly in his bid for the District 22 seat in the Indiana House. (Photo supplied)
Sheriff Rogers endorses GOP challenger Nisly in Indiana House race
Posted on Feb. 24, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers is backing Curt Nisly in his bid to unseat the incumbent in the District 22 Indiana House seat, State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki.

"Curt Nisly has a political philosophy similar to mine — one rooted in the safeguards of the Indiana and United States Constitutions," Rogers said in a statement Sunday, Feb. 23.

Rogers is a Republican, like Nisly, and he generated strong tea party backing in first winning election to the sheriff's post in 2010. The sheriff, himself up for re-election this year, is also an outspoken critic of overt federal government involvement and overreach and a strong defender of personal gun rights.

"These are trying times for freedom, and we need principled leaders at the statehouse who will work to reverse the growth of government power," Rogers' statement continued. "I have every confidence Curt Nisly will be a strong voice for liberty and a responsive legislator for his constituents in House District 22."

Nisly, husband of Elkhart County Republican Party Chairwoman Mary Nisly, has cited differences on implementation of national Common Core educational standards in Indiana in his decision to run. Nisly, who lives in Jackson Township south of Goshen, favors guidelines crafted in Indiana and has cited Kubacki's vote in the Indiana House last year against a measure delaying implementation of the national standards.

Nisly has also criticized Kubacki's vote against House Joint Resolution 3, the measure to amend the Indiana Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, prohibiting same-sex marriage. Nisly backs such change while Kubacki, who backs the institution of marriage as a male-female union, has cited a hesitancy to alter the Indiana Constitution.

District 22 covers part of southern Elkhart County and much of Kosciusko County. Kubacki, from Syracuse, was first elected to the post in 2010.

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