Former Columbia City Council member Kathy Heuer won the caucus Monday night to become the Republican nominee for the state House of Representatives seat currently held by State Representative Matt Bell.
Ms. Heuer, a former Whitley County Republican Chair, won over former congressional candidate Phil Troyer. Before the final and deciding ballot, Caucus Chair Kevin Ober announced that the two candidates had tied at 20 votes apiece; one additional ballot was disregarded because a precinct committeeperson had voted for one of the candidates who had already been eliminated.
Seven candidates had filed for the position. Joe Hilger, Bill Etzler, and Bruce Scott were eliminated in early ballots. Brandon Seifert and Paul Moss advanced but were behind Mr. Troyer and Ms. Heuer on the subsequent ballot.
Tuesday night, Republican precinct committeepersons will meet to officially select a candidate to run for state representative in the 80th House district. IPFW College Republican Secretary-Treasurer Jonathan Moosey is the only candidate to have filed for the nomination.
Photo: Phil Troyer and Kathy Heuer pictured before the final ballot. Photo credit: Fort Wayne Observed | Mitch Harper.