State Senate District 23, a relatively crowded area in the GOP primary

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A longtime state senator representing parts of Tippecanoe County has a seemingly fairly easy path to the November election and possibly another term, while a relatively crowded field in another race for the US Senate Indiana appears in the May 3 primary ballot.

Senate District 22

State Sen. Ron Alting, a Republican, has served in the 22nd district since 1998. No Democrats filed for the seat in the May 3 election.

During the 2022 legislative session, Alting drafted 14 bills and two resolutions. He is co-author of four bills and 21 resolutions.

In response to controversies swirling around two Tippecanoe County administrators, Alting co-drafted Senate Bill 304, which was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb and becomes law on July 1. The law creates a pathway to remove directors who fail to respond to voters.

Alting also sponsored three bills and two resolutions and co-sponsored three bills and one resolution. In total, he has been involved in 51 bills this year.

State Senate District 22 includes West Lafayette, parts of Lafayette, and Wabash Township.

Senate District 23

Sen. Phil Boots of Indiana’s District 23, of Crawfordsville, announced his retirement in 2021 after 16 years in office.

The open seat attracted the attention of four Republican candidates: Bill Webster, Christian Beaver, Paula Copenhaver and Spencer Deery, as well as a Democratic candidate, David Sanders.

Sanders, the lone Democrat, is an associate professor of biological sciences at Purdue University and is currently a member of the West Lafayette City Council.

Sanders’ campaign aims to address concerns such as investing in District 23’s infrastructure, defending veterans and investing in renewable energy.

Webster, opting for a second attempt at the Indiana State Senate seat, ran on the Republican ticket for the District 38 seat in 2010, but lost to Democratic incumbent Timothy Skinner.

Webster is currently Chairman of the Parke County GOP and previously served on the Parke County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Webster is a pro-life candidate who also campaigns to lower taxes, reform education, promote job growth and protect voters’ right to own guns.

Christian Beaver is a project manager at Beaver Construction Management, but previously worked as a former leasing manager for Granite Student Living.

Beaver is a pro-life candidate who aims to end late-term abortions. He also wants to invest in rural community infrastructure, tackle Indiana’s drug and mental health crisis, reform education, invest in the growth of Purdue University, and protect voters’ rights. of firearms.

Paula Copenhaver is currently the Fountain County Clerk and a member of the Fountain County Republican Women’s Club.

Copenhagen is a pro-life and pro-Second Amendment candidate. She wants to create electoral reform, promote jobs and economic growth for the citizens of Senate District 38, and reform education.

Spencer Deery is currently Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications and Public Policy Advisor to Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

Prior to this election cycle, Deery said he had no ambitions to run in politics, but that changed after the Senate District 23 seat opened.

Like the other candidates, Deery is campaigning on issues such as prioritizing education by supporting teachers and focusing on parental rights, promoting job growth by backing reform that prioritises development of labor, aimed at lowering taxes, investing in the infrastructure of rural communities and is a pro-life and pro Second Amendment candidate.

State Senate District 23 covers all or parts of Vermillion, Parke, Fountain, Warren, Montgomery, and Tippecanoe counties.

Noe Padilla is a journalist at Journal & Courier. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.

Denise W. Whigham