Miller wins hard-fought GOP primary for District 48 Indiana House seat

With no Democratic contender slated, the victor has the inside track to victory in November.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.

ELKHART — Doug Miller won the three-way Republican primary for the District 48 seat in the Indiana House, according to vote totals Tuesday, May 6.

With no Democrat slated to run for the Elkhart County-based seat, at least at this point, he has the inside track to victory in the November general election.

Adam Bujalski, Jesse Bohannon and Miller waged a hard-fought campaign for the District 48 post, which covers northwestern Elkhart County, including northern Elkhart and Bristol. Six-term incumbent Rep. Tim Neese, a Republican, didn't seek re-election and will run instead for Elkhart mayor next year.

According to vote totals, Miller received 2,076 votes to 1,981 for Bohannon and 986 for Bujalski.

"I'm happy to be in this position and I look forward to serving everyone in House District 48," Miller said by phone from his home. 

Miller, who runs a home construction firm, focused on his business background and his prior experience at the statehouse lobbying on behalf of home builders. He also said he'd focus on improving educational offerings and job availability in the state to keep Hoosiers in Indiana.

Bohannon, who teaches at an alternative school, The Crossing Educational Center, had touted his conservative principles on the campaign trail. "We don't just need another Republican down there, we need a true conservative," he said at one event.

Bujalski, manager of KeyBank branch in Elkhart County and vice chairman of the Elkhart County Republican Party, had touted his ability to listen and to bridge the varying elements of the Republican Party. He expressed disappointment on losing, but said he's "not going anywhere."

The three appeared at several campaign events and were out at voting sites around Elkhart as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Follow reporter Tim Vandenack on Twitter at @timvandenack or visit him on Facebook.


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