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Political signs popping up as Indiana House races heat up

The Indiana House race between Bohannon, Bujalski and Miller will be one of the most intense in Elkhart County. 

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.

Monday April 7, 2014

Ready or not, campaign season is here.

I'm starting to see the political signs pop up in yards in Elkhart ahead of the May 6 primary. If you're into such things, and I hope you are (can't complain unless you participate, right?), one of the big races to watch is for the District 48 seat in the Indiana House.

Want to meet some of the candidates? Here's your chance:
What: Pitch and Pull candidates forum, sponsored by The Elkhart Truth and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
Who: Candidates for Indiana House District 48, Elkhart Superior Court 3, Elkhart County Board of Commissioners, Elkhart County auditor and Elkhart County recorder have been invited to discuss the issues, the races.
Where: Iechyd Da Brewing, 317 N. Main St., Elkhart
When: Monday April 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $5, which includes appetizers and dessert items.
To reserve a spot, go here

The three candidates are Doug Miller, Adam Bujalski and Jesse Bohannon. If you haven't seen their signs or heard of them, you may soon. Six-term incumbent Tim Neese, first elected in 2002, isn't seeking re-election and will vie for the Elkhart mayor's seat in 2015 instead. That throws things wide open.

District 48 covers northwestern Elkhart County, including Bristol and northern Elkhart. (Scroll down to see a more detailed map, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.)

Profiles of Miller, Bujalski and Bohannon, all Republicans, appeared in the Elkhart Truth last week. If you missed them, handy links are below, in one convenient location. So read on, educate yourself, get up to speed on who may soon be representing you in Indianapolis.

And watch for more coverage in the Elkhart Truth of the other races this season.

And go to the candidates forum on April 21 (that's Dyngus Day) at Iechyd Da to see and hear the hopefuls for yourself. See the flier on this page, or get the details from the info box.

Then vote.

Now on to the District 48 candidates. With no Democrats running for the spot, the victor on May 6 has the inside track to the post:

  • Doug Miller runs a home building firm, stakes out a relatively moderate position. Here's his profile.
  • Jesse Bohannon, instructor at an alternative high school, stakes out the most conservative position. Here's his profile.
  • Adam Bujalski, manager of a bank branch, cites his efforts to unite the varied wings of the Republican Party. Here's his profile.

Here's District 48:

District 48, Indiana House


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