Newcomer makes state Senate GOP primary a two-person race

- BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspond­ent

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.

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