Indiana Rep. Rebecca Kubacki faces intraparty challenger Curt Nisly in the GOP primary in May. Kubacki, who was first elected in 2010, is seeking her third term on the District 22 seat for the Indiana House. District 22 covers Locke, Union and Jackson townships in southern Elkhart County, including Nappanee, and northern Kosciusko County, including much of Warsaw.
Both candidates view marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Kubacki voted against House Joint Resolution 3 which would have amended the Indiana Constitution to define marriage as such and prohibit same-sex marriage. She voted for a similar measure in 2011 but now says the Constitution should not be altered in such instances because it would set a precedent.
However, the Nisly campaign criticized the incumbent for her decision to vote against HJR 3. Nisly said he’s “in favor of letting the marriage amendment go to the people for the vote”.
Both candidates also describe themselves as pro-gun advocates. Nisly criticized Kubacki vote for an amendment to Senate Bill 229 in the last legislative session which would have prohibited firearms on school grounds that are kept concealed in locked cars. Kubacki said her vote reflected the views of three school superintendents from District 22 whose schools had policies prohibiting guns on school grounds.
Nisly said that, if the amendment had passed, “staffers who work at school and parents who visit a school (would be) effectively disarmed for their trip to and from the school, and possibly all day.” He added that “law-abiding citizens should not be disarmed on their commute, nor for other errands they may have to perform that day.”
Here's our previous coverage leading up to the primary in May.
Rep. Kubacki to challenger: I will ‘keep doing exactly what I always have’ (Jan. 23, 2014)
Nisly announced his bid for the District 22 seat in the Indiana House in January, citing dissatisfaction with the second-term incumbent.
GOP challenger Nisly calls out Rep. Kubacki on no vote on HJR 3 (Jan. 29, 2014)
Nisly called out Rep. Kubacki late January for voting against House Joint Resolution 3, which calls for a ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana. Nisly said his campaign believes constituents in District 22 deserved the right to vote on marriage. Kubacki previously voted in favor of a similar measure in 2011. She voted against the HJR 3, noting that Indiana law already defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Sheriff Rogers endorses GOP challenger Nisly in Indiana House race (Feb. 24, 2014)
Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers backed Curt Nisly late February in his bid for the District 22 seat. Rogers said that he and Nisly shared the same philosophy, “one rooted in the safeguards of the Indiana and United State Constitutions”. Rogers is an critic of government overreach and a defender of personal gun rights.
Challenger in House race garners gun group's endorsement (April 2, 2014)
Gun Owners of America endorsed Curt Nisly in early April and criticized Rep. Kubacki, saying the incumbent “has a view hostile to the Second Amendment.”
Indiana House hopeful Curt Nisly gets endorsement from pro-family group (April 8, 2014)
The Indiana Family Action PAC, affiliated through Indiana Family Action with the Indiana Family Institute, endorsed Nisly in April. The organization is a pro-family group that is pro-life and supports Indiana’s proposal to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
Elkhart County elections 2014: Bujalski, Kubacki and Elkhart schools referendum questions get endorsements (April 16, 2014)
The Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT endorsed Rep. Rebecca Kubacki in her bid for re-election in April.
"The most horrible campaign": It's getting testy in the District 22 Indiana House contest (April 19, 2014)
Incumbent Rebecca Kubacki blasted the “despicable” tone of the District 22 race. Nisly supporters have waged a war of words against Kubacki by writing letters-to-the-editor in newspapers like The Elkhart Truth and the Warsaw-Times Union.
After Kubacki sent out a campaign mailer with a supportive letter from her daughter, there were several critical letters-to-the-editor in the Warsaw newspaper. Kubacki then took out a full-page ad in the Times-Union which partly reads, "This time, they are attacking my daughter! We’ve seen some really hateful things posted on the internet, too. That Curt Nisly’s campaign would attack my daughter is one of the most despicable, cowardly and un-Christian things I’ve seen a candidate’s campaign ever do."
She went on to charge that the letters were part of a campaign by a Kosciusko County tea party activist.
Nisly denies any suggestion of dirty campaigning, saying it's all about the issues.