Niemeyer has healthy lead in Dist. 11 race
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org November 6, 2012 6:16PM
Rick Niemeyer in 2009. | File Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:22AM
Republican Rick Niemeyer had a healthy lead Tuesday night for Indiana House District 11 with 64 percent of the vote in Lake County, according to preliminary vote tallies.
He also had 55 percent of the vote from the 14 precincts in Porter County.
His challenger, Democrat John Hart, had 36 percent in Lake County and 45 percent in Porter County.
The district was left without an incumbent after redistricting, and Niemeyer opted to run for the seat after serving just two years on the Lake County Council. Niemeyer said he was happy with the results.
“It looks very encouraging right now,” he said.
Niemeyer credited the win to getting out to all the constituents and letting them know how he would represent them. He also focused on positive campaigning, he said.
Niemeyer has campaigned on cutting property taxes to help bring businesses and jobs to the state and getting more money for county infrastructure. Niemeyer won the Republican nomination in May with more than 80 percent of the vote during the primary election.
Hart, who defeated two other candidates in May with 45 percent, had said that if elected, he would fight to give tax incentives to businesses that hire Hoosiers.