Newcomer makes state Senate GOP primary a two-person race
Political newcomer Chris Shepherd of St. John is challenging state Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, for the 6th District Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake.
Shepherd, 35, works in Chicago as a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer and has lived in St. John since he was 12.
He is a volunteer staff attorney with the John Marshall Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic.
“I am running for Indiana State Senate because I want to keep Indiana true to the principles that make this the greatest country in the history of the world: small government, low taxes, disciplined spending and above all, the right to make our own decisions and pursue our own destiny,” Shepherd said in a statement. “Indiana’s Republican leadership has done a great job protecting liberty and ensuring government does not interfere with job growth, but there is a lot more work to do.”
Former Tri-Creek School Corp. board member Lon Childress of Lowell, a Democrat, also is running. So far, Childress is unchallenged in that primary.
Landske in January announced she will retire after 30 years as senator to take care of her health and spend time with family after a lung cancer diagnosis last fall. Niemeyer entered the race later that month.
Prior to Landske, the seat was held by Niemeyer’s father, Ernie Niemeyer, who also served as a Lake County commissioner.