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Soliday to face Porter in the fall for 4th District seat in State House

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State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, easily fended off a right-wing challenge in Tuesday’s primary election.

Soliday took 63 percent of the vote, outpolling his Republican challenger, Sara Blohm, 3,779 to 2,214,

Soliday ran on his extensive legislative record over seven terms in office, including authorship of the highly popular Community Crossings state infrastructure grant program. Blohm’s stated purpose in running, according to her Chesterton Tribune candidate questionnaire: to defend the Indiana and U.S. Constitutions; to defend the Second Amendment; and to defend the rights of noncustodial parents and fathers.

In November, Soliday will face Debra “Deb” Porter, who for her part beat fellow Democrat Ben Blohm in a lopsided victory, taking 5,969 votes or 73 percent of the total to Blohm’s 2,243.

Porter, 61, a public school teacher and former Valparaiso City Council member, ran on her experience. Blohm, 31, an operations manager at The Grossbauer Group, cast himself as the candidate “with new ideas and new energy.”



Posted 6/3/2020




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