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Updated: January 20, 2014 11:28AM



State Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, announced Friday he will run for the Indiana Senate District 6 seat.

Niemeyer, whose 11th District House seat expires in 2015, plans to run for the long-held Republican Senate seat being vacated by Sue Landske, who earlier this month announced her intention to retire after 30 years as senator to take care of her health and spend time with family in the wake of a lung cancer diagnosis last fall.

Prior to Landske, the seat was held by Niemeyer’s father, Ernie Niemeyer, who left the position to fill a seat on the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

Dan Dernulc, Lake County GOP chairman, said Niemeyer has strong support in south Lake County. The Senate seat includes portions of Newton and Benton counties as well.

No one has yet come forward to run for Niemeyer’s seat in the House.

Filings are coming in slowly for the majority of seats in Lake County government, particularly on the GOP side. So far Dernulc, an incumbent Lake County Council member, and Councilman Eldon Strong, R-Crown Point, and assessor Jolie Covaciu, who were both appointed by the party to fill midterm vacancies, remain the lone Republicans seeking countywide office.

Dernulc said the party is taking a wait-and-see approach to determine who may be interested in running for office on the Republican ticket. If no candidates come forward during the primary election, Dernulc, as GOP chairman, can select candidates to run in the general election in November.

Meanwhile, another Democrat has tossed his hat into the ring to challenge incumbent Sheriff John Buncich.

Richard Ligon of Gary, the city’s director of public safety for the past two years, has filed papers to run for the office. Oscar Martinez Jr. is also seeking the Democratic nomination for the sheriff’s job.

Incumbent Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, is again running unopposed after challenger Scott Rakos withdrew from the race earlier this week.



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