Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Senate District 30 Roundup
The race to succeed Sen. Teresa Lubbers is coming down to three primary contenders. City-County Councilor Ryan Vaughn is backed by party leaders. Former City-County Councilor Scott Schneider, who is a thorn in the side to these same party leaders, is mounting a strong challenge for the seat. His family's long-standing ties in the Washington Township should help him. Also, former State Rep. John Ruckelhaus is making a serious run to win the seat. Ruckelhaus lost a contested GOP primary to Lubbers back in the 1990s despite being the party's slated candidate. Ruckelhaus is a lobbyist for the cable TV industry. Vaughn, also a lobbyist at Barnes & Thornburg, has told party folks he will leave his job at Barnes & Thornburg if he is appointed to Lubbers seat. The consensus building is that Schneider will become the candidate of the disenfranchised outsiders who want to shake up the Marion County GOP. Whoever is chosen for the seat is likely to hold it for many years to come. The new senator will not have to face voters until 2012. A new map likely drawn by a Republican Senate majority will carve out a district highly favorable to the seat holder, making a primary contest the only viable option for ousting anyone appointed to this seat. A party caucus to fill the seat will likely occur in early June.