At least two Democratic candidates already are vying for the chance to succeed retired state Sen. Frank Mrvan, and both also are competing to represent the 1st Senate District for a four-year term.
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State Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, did not specify in his resignation announcement why he's choosing to leave the Statehouse with less than 10 months remaining in his four-year term.
A proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution would strike the authority of the General Assembly to control redistricting and instead put a politically independent commission in charge.
New district boundaries for the Lake County commissioners and county council were finalized Friday in the same spirit of bipartisan cooperation that's defined this iteration of the once-a-decade task.
Bipartisanship was the order of the day as the Lake County Redistricting Commission learned the Democratic and Republican chairmen largely agree on how to redraw the local districts.
"Democrats are creating a better future for Hoosier families in rural America, while the Republicans' partisanship refers to issues like roads and bridges and clean water as 'socialism,' said Chairman Mike Schmuhl.
Four commissioner maps and three council maps were submitted by Monday's deadline to the bipartisan Indiana Election Commission the General Assembly has put in charge of Lake County redistricting.
Three-term Lake County Councilman Dan Dernulc, R-Highland, is forgoing a potential fourth term in county government and instead running next year for a seat in the Indiana Senate.
Lake County residents looking for something different to do over the Thanksgiving holiday might want to try their hand at drawing new district boundaries for the county council and county commissioners.
Bryan Washburn, of DeMotte, said he wants to serve at the Statehouse because he believes Indiana needs more people from different walks of life writing its laws, instead of career politicians.