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Fish beats Harper; Judge Jent buries Deppe in Democrat races

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Democrat Pamela Mishler Fish has won the right to challenge State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, in the general election in November.

Fish beat Jesse Harper for their party’s nomination 4,246 votes or 53 percent of the total to Harper’s 3,838 votes or 47 percent.

Fish, 55, is a Union Township resident and president of Midwest Environmental Systems. She has considerable prior experience in governance, having served on the Porter County Election Board and the Porter County Redevelopment Commission, among others.

Harper is a political neophyte who is currently a second-year student in Valparaiso University School of Law and the owner of JBH Productions, a film and video production company.

Fish’s campaign priorities: living-wage jobs; public education funding; the state’s infrastructure; and the drug problem.

Soliday ran unopposed for the GOP nomination.

Jent Easily Prevails

Judge Julia Jent easily fended off a challenge for her bench in Porter Superior Court, No. 3, from attorney Michael Deppe.

Jent took 15,027 votes or 73 percent to Deppe’s 5,420 votes or 27 percent.

Jent presides over several “special problem-solving courts” for high-risk/high-need offender groups, in particular the Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court, which combine intense supervision, treatment, counseling, and education in an effort to divert offenders from incarceration into productive lives.

Deppe resides in Union Township but his law practice is based in Lake County.


Posted 5/4/2016





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