Harper: Northeast Indiana Races Favor Banks, Souder

Mitch Harper is author of the popular blog, Fort Wayne Observed. He is also a Fort Wayne City Councilman.

The news may be that multiple counties are reporting that absentee and early voting levels are only at or below the typical levels for a mid-term election. This tends to suggest that a surge of motivated voters dissatisfied with government in general and the federal government, in particular, is not occurring in the primary cycle.

That surge may yet appear this fall. But these lower primary numbers mean that the typical Republican primary voter this year looks a lot like, well, the traditional Republican primary voter.  And that probably is a favorable sign for former Senator Dan Coats and incumbent 3rd District Congressman Mark Souder.

Senate: This is home ground for former Senator Dan Coats and State Senator Marlin Stutzman. Dan Coats is less strong here on his old home turf than many would have expected. Marlin Stutzman is well regarded here and has his own base.  Marlin also benefits by being the alternative choice of voters who might otherwise be in play for Mr. Coats or Mr. Hostettler. The impression that he is gaining momentum will have him taking votes from both Coats and Hostettler here during the next week. Will it be enough to offset the older, traditional Republican voter who favorably appreciates Dan Coats’ prior service? Maybe in northeastern Indiana but Marlin needs an extraordinary vote here to give him a chance statewide. 

However, by the conduct of his campaign, Marlin Stutzman comes out a winner regardless of Tuesday’s outcome.  

Senate District 17: The race to fill the seat of retiring State Senator "Doc" Dillon is likely to be an easy win for Whitley County Councilman Jim Banks. Mr. Banks is a meticulous campaign organizer. He is regarded as being favored easily in all of the District 17 counties with the exception of Huntington, home of County Commissioner Tom Wall. It is not that Mr. Banks won’t win that county, too, it’s just that Huntington politics is always interesting. 

US Representative, Third District: US Representative Mark Souder should win renomination. The question probably is whether he wins with over 50% of the vote over three challengers. Auto dealer Bob Thomas has spent heavily and the effect has been to marginalize Phil Troyer as the alternative choice.

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Fort Wayne Councilman Wants City on New Google Network

One Fort Wayne Councilman thinks the Summit City should be on the leading edge and take advantage of a new opportunity from Google to upgrade its fiber network. Sounds very interesting and forward thinking. Via Inside INdiana Business:

City Councilman Mitch V. Harper announced today that he has invited area government and community officials together to begin planning a response to Google’s announcement that it will select several communities to build out a ultra-fast and open fiber network.

Harper said, "I want to ensure that as a community we begin the fastest possible response to the possibility that we can keep pushing our community’s technological advantages. Google has advanced an interesting proposal. We owe it to our citizens and their economic future to begin planning the swiftest evaluation and possible response to Google."

Harper added, "I am gratified that representatives of Allen County, Fort Wayne, New Haven, and the congressional office will be coming together at my invitation."

Harper has scheduled a meeting at 7 AM tomorrow in the 4th Council District. The government and community representatives will meet at the conference room of the Mocha Lounge on Covington Road near Time Corners.